Challenge / Goal
Night-time deliveries with electric vehicles (EVs) offer the opportunity to reduce traffic congestion during the day, without causing any nuisance during the night. The city of Stockholm is currently conducting a pilot project on night-time deliveries in partnership with freight owners, educational institutions and haulage companies. Due to noise pollution, the City of Stockholm currently banishes heavy lorries between 10pm and 6am – this strict regulation has been adapted as a result of the noise nuisance.
Following a previous pilot project on night-time deliveries, the City of Stockholm is planning to expand the project with a plug-in electric truck. This measure aims to investigate the effects of goods deliveries during the night versus daytime and the implications and regulatory requirements of lifting the ban on night deliveries. Depending on the outcome, the measure could be upscaled to a city-wide night delivery scheme that includes deliveries with silent lorries. In the long term, this measure could reduce congestion and noise and thus improve transport efficiency.
To implement the new silent night-time delivery scheme including the electric plug-in van, a dialogue procurement procedure was set up and the winning consortium consists of Scania, Havi logistics and McDonald’s.
The consortium is testing a silent electric plug-in hybrid vehicle for night deliveries to McDonald’s restaurants in central Stockholm. Experiences from the previous off-peak pilot show that – in addition to silent vehicles – it is necessary to further reduce noise while unloading the goods. Thus, measures like silent wheels on carriers etc. must be implemented.
The operation of the new night delivery scheme has started and data collection on performance indicators such as delivery efficiency and noise are being performed over the one year of service. Special emphasis lies on the noise issues, since the fear of noise ruining the residents’ sleep is one of the main reasons for the general ban on night deliveries in Stockholm.
The data collected during this new trial of night delivery with clean and silent vehicles are used to support the preparation of a new regulatory framework for night transportation.
The two vehicles being used in the trial are a hybrid truck running on electricity and diesel and a truck using biogas fuel. In order to collect valuable data from the pilot project, the city expanded the project with one lorry running on an electrical drivetrain.
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