For studying possible electromobility applications in cities, the "Smart e-User" research project directed by the logistics department at the Technische Universität Berlin was honored with the 2014 German High Tech Champions Award (GHTC) in the category "Urban Distribution". The project’s comprehensive and integrative approach was a major factor in the jury’s decision. The award is given by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and comes with prize money of 10,000 euros.
Berlin, 12 March 2014: Electric vehicles are becoming every more attractive to postal, package, and logistics service providers. This project studies commercial applications for electric vehicles in urban logistics, and develops a concept that functions in more reliable, affordable, and environmentally friendly ways. By integrating dynamic tour planning designed specifically for electric vehicles as well as intelligent charging control and job data into fleet management systems, electric vehicles can be charged and routed according to need. This is of major interest for a wide range of industries in urban environments. It opens up new logistics applications for electric vehicles especially in the transport, logistics, retail, and healthcare sectors.
The "Smart e-User" project is directed by Professor Frank Straube from the logistics department at the Technische Universität Berlin, with participation by the TU’s department of integrated transport planning (IVP) and its Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (DAI). The "Smart e-User" concept is currently being tested in Berlin by project partners Deutsche Post DHL, DEKRA e.V., and MediaVita GmbH.
"Smart e-User” is one of around 30 core projects in the "Berlin-Brandenburg International Showcase for Electromobility”. It is receiving approximately 1.5 million euros from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the federal government’s "Electromobility Showcase”.
The German High Tech Champions Award is part of the "Promote Innovation and Research in Germany” initiative under the "Research in Germany” program funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It was presented on 3 April 2014 at the German Embassy in Paris in connection with the International Week of Transport and Logistics (SITL Europe).
"The Electromobility Showcase”:
In April 2012, the German Government selected four regions in the country to act as "Showcase Regions for Electric Mobility”. Based on a decision by the German Bundestag, research and development into alternative drive systems is to take place across each of these regions. The Federal Government is providing a total of €180 million in funding for these large scale demonstration and pilot projects. The aim is to test electric mobility within the overlapping systems of energy, vehicle, and transport. For further information, please visit www.schaufenster-elektromobilität.org (German language only).
The projects for the "Berlin-Brandenburg International Showcase for Electromobility” are coordinated by the Berlin Agency for Electromobility (eMO). eMO is an agency of the state of Berlin and is operated by Berlin Partner for Business and Technology. Its partners include the state of Brandenburg, businesses, and research institutions.
For more information please contact:
Professor Frank Straube
Department of Logistics, Technische Universität Berlin
phone: +49 30 314-22877 / -27723
fax: +49 30 314-29536