On a daily basis, Heineken delivers their products with 220 trucks (between 7 and 31 ton VGW –vehicle weight rating) to the shops and bars in cities throughout the Netherlands, each covering between 100 and 250 km per day. Specifically aimed at the urban distribution, Heineken’s ambition for 2020 is to have 100% electric truck distribution for secondary distribution from the nine distribution centres using renewable energy to recharge the vehicles. They currently operate 23 and 28 trucks from their Rotterdam and Amsterdam depots respectively.

As part of the FREVUE project, Heineken has the objective to deploy six 12 tonnes electric freight vehicles in Amsterdam and one larger 19 tonnes truck in Rotterdam. Although electric freight vehicles are currently operated from their Amsterdam depot, this is the first electrically powered vehicle to be deployed in Rotterdam and also the first electric freight vehicle as large as 19 tonnes to be operated by Heineken.

Logistics operation

Heineken operates their distribution centres in conjunction with Logistic Service Providers (LSPs) Simon Loos. All the Electric Freight Vehicles (EFVs) in the FREVUE project will be leased by the LSP who has received the Dutch certified Lean and Green award. The Urban Distribution Centre in Rotterdam has the infrastructure for loading three EFVs simultaneously and the Amsterdam facility has infrastructure for four trucks. The trucks in Rotterdam and Amsterdam operate almost exclusively in the city centre and drive an average of 60kms per day, with an average drop count of 13 to 17 deliveries.

Integration of ICT solutions

The Heineken model has meant that additional ICT requirements have not been necessary to integrate the EFVs into their fleet. Nevertheless, both Heineken vehicles are using on-board telemetrics, which generate information about the behavior of the truck during operations.