Context and policy framework

The City of Oslo is the Capital of Norway and faces particular issues due to the Nordic climate (exacerbated pollution, uncertainties of electric vehicles operation during cold periods, etc.). On the other hand the Norwegian Capital aims at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by 50% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2020. In this context, the city has been working for many years to reduce vehicles emissions. As an example, the municipality of Oslo has an ambitious investment program for electric vehicles charging infrastructure and aims to remain a leading electric vehicle city. In addition, the City of Oslo wants to ban private cars from its city centre by 2019. This measure could have a substantial positive impact on mobility, congestion reduction and pollution emissions.

Despite its share of contribution to pollution emission, recent initiatives taken to cut emissions from the logistics sector were rare in Oslo before the FREVUE project.

Solutions implemented in FREVUE

As a response to these challenges the City of Oslo cooperates with the local postal company Bring to introduce electric freight vehicles in its fleet and its distribution operations. This trial is accompanied by the implementation of technological solutions such as fast charging stations and novel ITS solutions for charging, loading and unloading slots pre-booking.

The FREVUE activities led in Oslo are also used to assess the efficiency of electric vehicles in winter conditions and to benchmark the efficiency of electric vehicles in logistics against alternative fuelled and hybrid vehicles.