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ITE and ITENE collaborate with Consum to optimize the freezer section with electric vehicles

  • Development of a routing platform, called Cool Routing, that will provide information about charging, routes and state of charge in real time

The Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE) and the Instituto Tecnológico del Embalaje, Transporte y Logística (ITENE), in collaboration with Consum, are developing a research Project to improve the transport of refrigereted cargo by using the electric vehicle. It is an initiative funded by the Instituto Valenciano de Competitividad Empresarial (IVACE) and the Europen funds ERDF, and it also boasts the collaboration of the companies SD Logística and Cade Logistics.

The aim of this project, called Cool Routing, is to develop a system that enables the planning, organization and optimization of delivery routes for electric vehicles with refrigerated cargo. The system will be supported by a technological platform that will provide information about how much energy it will be used, the nearby charging station, among others, when planning the route and during transport.

The combination of refrigerated cargo and electric vehicle presents an additional difficulty, since it is necessary to take into account some external factors such as the characteristics of the refrigerated box, weather conditions, human factors (temperature losses at door openings) and the characteristic of the cargo (maximum supported temperature) have an important impact on the planning of delivery routes.

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In addition, the system characteristics are being designed on the basis of the information provided by companies of the logistics and food sectors. thanks to the participation of companies such as the cooperative Consum and the operatos SD Logística and Cade Logistics. This information includes data about the kind of refrigerated cargo, the vehicles currently used for delivery, the kind of delivery, average daily travel distance, average weight of delivery, among other data needed for the configuration of consumption.

The impact of this solution on the refrigerated transport sector is really important,  at both national (with a 10% of the total of the delivery activity and a turnover of about 3,500 million Euros per year) and regional level (with more than 1,600 companies and 38,000 delivery points for refrigerated cargo in the Valencian Community).

It is currently estimated that delivery services generate about 70,400 direct jobs in Spain and they include a fleet of about 25,000 delivery trucks and 18,000 commerical vehicles, with an average daily delivery volumen of 150-200 kg

A further part of the “Smart” city

With this project “our aim is to introduce the electric vehicle for refrigerated cargo into the intermodal transport network of the city. To achieve it we need to get information and report it to the user in a consive and useful way, value-added information such as the traffic situation, charging stations for electric vehicles, among others.” 

Moreover,” -they add- “the logistic operator is intended to follow the route in a more efficient way in order to optimizr the of use this vehicle thanks to the received information”. They also claimed that “thanks to this cooperative project, we will deal with an important challenge, that is the efficient management of refrigerated cargo in electric vehicles. It is a further step on the advances reached up to now in the use of sustainable transport”.

The project is funded by the call for the support of Technology Institutes 2016, launched by the Generalitat Valenciana, through the Instituto Valenciano de Competitividad Empresarial (IVACE), and the European Region Development Fund (ERDF).

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