Logibat

Road freight transport is moving towards a zero-emission future. In Logibat, VIL will investigate what the operational and economic conditions are to make battery-electric transport feasible and what the requirements are to roll out a nationwide charging network.

status: Running | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

With the spectacular development of battery technology, the battery-electric vehicle on the road can make a cost-effective and substantial contribution. Moreover, increasingly stringent regulations and the growing pressure for sustainability are forcing the logistics sector to think again. 

Truck manufacturers are also giving a clear signal that the pioneering phase is over and they are taking their first steps towards series production. Battery technology is becoming increasingly powerful, so that heavy-duty battery-electric trucks with a driving range of several hundred kilometres are already a reality.  Partly due to the favourable price development, this technology has a good chance of a relatively quick breakthrough. At the same time, “gigantic factories” are rapidly being set up in Europe for the production of batteries. It is not only the major truck manufacturers that are offering electric versions of their vehicles; newcomers are also competing for the electrification of freight transport.

Goals

To prepare the Flemish transport sector for the application of battery technology to achieve emission-free goods transport by road.

In Logibat, VIL will investigate what the operational and economic conditions are to make battery-electric transport feasible and what the requirements are to roll out a nationwide charging network, both at shippers and depots and at (semi-)public stops. For the new business models emerging in this ecosystem, the role of the logistics companies as providers of charging infrastructure is explored. In addition, the potential for Catenary Solution in Road Systems within Flanders is also being studied.

Specific activities and work

  • Best practices inside and outside logistics
  • Market research: study of development and current availability
  • Stakeholder and end-user requirements analysis
  • Applicability analysis: operational preconditions, analysis of transport profiles versus vehicle types (which application for which professional activity) and optimisation of battery capacity versus charging infrastructure
  • Opportunity analysis: new business models and roles for logistics companies and (new) suppliers
  • High level estimate of the social impact (quality of life, environment & traffic safety)
  • Gaining insight into regulations and operational safety
  • Business case and calculation tool for infrastructure & transport

 

Practical info

Start: May 2021
End: November 2022
Total lead time: 18 months

Want to know more?

Contact Sophie Delannoy (sophie.delannoy@vil.be)

Participants

28 companies: ABB, Aquafin, Barry Callebaut Belgium, Brink’s Solutions Belgium, Colruyt Group, Conway, Deconinck brandstoffen, ECS, Gilbert De Clerck, ICO, Ivago, Jogo Logistics, La Lorraine Transport, Lapauw Mario, Limburg.net, MC Transport & Logistics, North Sea Port, Port of Antwerp, Put-Hendrickx Vervoer, Quinntra, R&L, Renault, Scania, Siemens Mobility, Sprint Transport, Transport Louwyck, Volvo, VP Xpress en Yuso.

   

 

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