In Rotterdam Breytner’s last mile hub concept offers a different kind of zero emission urban distribution to that already trialled under FREVUE. The distinctive element of the demonstration is a hub concept, in which a modular system of swap bodies is driven two or three at a time from a national/regional distribution centre to city boundaries or those of low emission zones. Here the sealed swap bodies are parked and driven into the inner city one by one by fully electric truck (19 tonnes).

Breytner delivers clothes to shops of a fashion retail brand in Rotterdam in a business to business (B2B) logistics scheme and delivers furniture to households in a business to customers (B2C) logisitics scheme.

Logistics operation

Long-distance inner city deliveries, which do not require further consolidation, are often considered as unsuitable for EFV deployment due to range limitations. Breytner’s concept not only splits the process into a first mile (ICE) and last mile (electric) but also addresses issues with more traditional consolidation, i.e.:

  • Not all goods deliveries require further consolidation
  • Extra handling costs
  • (Perceived) chance of damage/theft/loss
  • Neutral city distribution – marketing on swap bodies

ICT integration

The Breytner model has meant that additional ICT requirements have not been necessary to integrate the EFVs into their fleet. Nevertheless, Breytner vehicles are using on-board telematics which generate information about the behaviour of the truck during operation. Breytner ensures that the data collected meets the requirements of FREVUE research partners. The data from the vehicle has been generated and uploaded to FREVUE research partners.