Mobile Multi-functional Urban Logistics-Platforms with Electric Drive Train

Arno Eichberger, Susanne Wrighton, Harald Kraus, Martin Hofstetter, Martin Ackerl, Ricardo Tiefengruber, Georg Peneder, Michael Schadler, Norbert Hafner, Günter Kronawetter, Angelika Rauch, Rudolf Hubauer

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Unconsolidated freight transport creates increasing problems in cities due to the use of public space and its negative environmental impact. The research project MULE analyzes if mobile multi-functional urban logistics platforms with electric propulsion in combination with a flexible two-stage city logistics concept can lift urban freight transport to a new level by using electric, (partially) autonomous utility vehicles that increase the efficiency of goods transport. To investigate its feasibility, the concept is modelled on vehicle level to investigate the electric drive-train as well as on logistics level. The feasibility of the holistic implementation of the MULE concept is realistic with regard to the concept’s cost economy and simultaneously has a high ecological potential. The cost saving potential is the result of combining automated loading concepts, a two-stage (multi-stage) city logistics system as well as vehicles with tailored electric drive trains using intermediate charging.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th Transport Research Arena (TRA2018)
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2018
EventTransport Research Arena 2018: A digital era for transport - Wien, Austria
Duration: 16 Apr 201819 Apr 2018


ConferenceTransport Research Arena 2018
Abbreviated titleTRA 2018
Internet address


  • Environmental Impact of Transport
  • Decarbonization
  • Mobility in Smart Cities
  • Transport Hubs
  • Transport Modelling and Management
  • Electromobility.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering

Fields of Expertise

  • Mobility & Production

Treatment code (Nähere Zuordnung)

  • Theoretical


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