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Challenge / Goal

Within this measure, Madrid City Council cooperated with AVIA, a vehicle manufacturer, to develop a prototype of a 12-ton electric cargo vehicle adapted to the specific needs of Madrid’s urban delivery sector. The aim of this measure is to test the prototype under real operation conditions in order to fine-tune its design and performance and promote the further uptake and commercialisation of the improved vehicle by other stakeholders. 


The measure started with an analysis of the freight distribution models taking place in Madrid, and the most common vehicle typologies used, and a review of the existing policy framework: traffic regulations, traffic restrictions, municipal plans on freight etc. 
Once the most suitable freight vehicle typologies for the existing distribution patterns were defined, and those not offered currently by car manufacturers were identified, the basic characteristics of the prototype were outlined: size, load capacity, gross vehicle weight, low emission technology. Based on a previous analysis of geographic conditions of the working area of vehicles (maximum slope, etc.) and analysis of freight operator needs (electric range) using data logger system in currently used freight vehicles, the engine and energy storage system’s main features were defined. Finally, the designed chass is incorporated all the elements above mentioned.

The vehicle went through a homologation process according to current regulations. The performance of the electric vehicle is tested and assessed under real conditions by FM Logistic, and is being operating from the consolidation centre described in another ECCENTRIC measure (‘Consolidation centre with electric vehicles and local regulations for clean urban freight logistics‘). The consolidation centre is equipped with the necessary electric charging point.


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Time period

Implementation time: 6 months to 1 year

    Main benefits

  • Increasing share of renewables

  • Improved service delivery

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