Title: An electro-mobility system for freight service in urban areas

Authors: Rezia Molfino; Matteo Zoppi; Giovanni Gerardo Muscolo; Elvezia M. Cepolina; Alessandro Farina; Fawzi Nashashibi; Evangeline Pollard; José Antonio Dominguez

Addresses: Department of Mechanics and Machine Design, Polytechnic School, Università degli Studi di Genova, Genova 16145, Italy ' Department of Mechanics and Machine Design, Polytechnic School, Università degli Studi di Genova, Genova 16145, Italy ' Department of Mechanics and Machine Design, Polytechnic School, Università degli Studi di Genova, Genova 16145, Italy ' Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Università di Pisa, Pisa 56122, Italy ' Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Università di Pisa, Pisa 56122, Italy ' IMARA, INRIA Paris – Rocquencourt, Domaine de Voluceau, Rocquencourt – B.P. 105, 78153 Le Chesnay, France ' IMARA, INRIA Paris – Rocquencourt, Domaine de Voluceau, Rocquencourt – B.P. 105, 78153 Le Chesnay, France ' Av. Can Amat 8, Pol. Ind. Barcelonés, Abrera, Barcelona, 08630, Spain

Abstract: The paper introduces the problem of reducing impact of freight service trips in urban areas and presents the main design objectives, requirements, and steps of a new fully electric vehicle able to autonomously load and unload palletised or boxed freights. The subject is described under a multidisciplinary point of view integrating the mechatronic design, the efficient power supply system, the intelligent mobility control modules, the strategy for freight delivery planning, through a fleet of these vehicles, based on economic and behavioural modelling.

Keywords: electric vehicles; sustainable freight services; service trips; freight delivery planning; urban areas; intelligent mobility control; electro-mobility systems; boxed freight; palletised freight; freight loading; freight unloading; mechatronic design; behavioural modelling; economic modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEHV.2015.068932

International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, 2015 Vol.7 No.1, pp.1 - 21

Received: 29 May 2014
Accepted: 09 Jul 2014

Published online: 20 Apr 2015 *

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