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Silently through the night with the E-TGM

09/02/2021

Quiet, clean and low-emission off-peak journeys through the city: the ZEUS project aims to test how the goods transport services of the future should be designed. The fully electric MAN eTGM was deployed during test runs through Munich city centre. Punctuality and logistical efficiency were improved to almost 100 percent.

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The city of Munich, like other metropolitan areas, is being seriously affected by growing levels of traffic and air pollution. Transforming the way goods and merchandise are delivered to the city centre would lead to positive effects on many levels. The solution is to deliver goods to retailers during off-peak hours using electrically powered trucks. “Every scientific study shows that moving inner-city deliveries to off-peak hours would result in logistical processes being executed more quickly and the impact on all other traffic being significantly lower than during peak hours”, explains Clemens Baumgärtner, Spokesperson for Labour and Economic Development for the City of Munich.

This was also confirmed during the test runs that MAN conducted in collaboration with the City of Munich last November as part of the Zero Emission off-peak Urban DeliverieS (ZEUS) project. The results are now available.

The test runs conducted with a fully electric MAN eTGM distribution truck revealed a time saving of 15 to 30 percent, which can be achieved by rescheduling the time window for inner-city deliveries to off-peak hours. At the same time, it was possible to improve punctuality and logistical efficiency to a score of almost 100 percent. Another aspect is the clearly perceptible noise reduction when e-trucks are used. This makes the shift to off-peak hours conceivable in the first place, as residents remain unaffected.

Significant noise reduction

“Conducting these test runs with the MAN eTGM in Munich enabled us to confirm that the electric motor brings about a reduction in noise. Perceived noise is reduced by at least a quarter, and in some cases by half, especially at speeds below 30 km/h”, reports Dr Christoph Jessberger, who works in Pre-development at MAN Truck & Bus and oversaw the ZEUS project.

The ZEUS project is supported by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which aims to accelerate solutions and the transition towards a user-centric, integrated and truly multimodal transport system. The objective of the ZEUS project is to model and demonstrate various applications that use quiet, urban logistics processes during off-peak and night-time hours to identify realistic opportunities for inner-city deliveries outside peak hours while continuing to meet urban supply requirements. The tests conducted under the ZEUS project reveal that the distribution system became significantly more efficient, delivery time was shortened, punctuality improved and no bothersome noise emissions were caused by vehicle operations. A key challenge that remains to be addressed is that retail businesses would need to reschedule their goods receiving operations to off-peak hours, which could result in increased costs for these businesses.

The bottom line: quiet off-peak deliveries will help cities become cleaner and less congested at a faster rate than would otherwise have been possible. MAN is contributing to this development with its products and its dedication.

Further information on EIT Urban Mobility: https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/

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