Electric vehicles performance in low temperature operations – Oslo
4 Peugeot Partner, 3.5t
Bring Express is a national service provider that offers courier and express services, locally, nationally and internationally. Within the FREVUE project, Bring Express replaced four diesel vehicles with electric Peugeot Partners for operation in the Oslo area located between ring roads 2 and 3. This zone includes most of the city’s commercial areas, with shops, office buildings, private houses and flats, hospitals, other public services and service providers. The area is also highly suitable as it contains several charging points. One of the developments expected in the framework of FREVUE is the introduction of loading/unloading zones with charging points.
Bring Express received the four 3.5t electric vehicles in March 2014 and they were deployed the following month. The vehicles now operate on a daily basis and cover an average distance of approximately 200km, delivering an average of 70 parcels per day, directly from the companies to customers. As part of FREVUE project, the City of Oslo installed two public fast-charging points in the demonstration area and two other semi-quick charging points. This will be particularly appreciated during winter months as drivers experienced several issues with regards to charging and range during the cold months because of the lack of fast charging points.
Integration of ICT solutions
Two main ICT solutions are introduced in the Oslo demonstration: a pre-booking system for charging points and a new routing system for Bring Express. The smart pre-booking software will automatically prioritise charging requests of FREVUE vehicles. This will translate into substantial gains of time and money for the drivers and the operator. In addition to this, Bring Express is updating its internal routing system. The new version will take electric vehicles’ characteristics into account.
Finally, electric freight vehicles are equipped with on-board data loggers for data monitoring.