We are partner in the new R&D project LEEFF (Low Emission Electric Freight Fleets), which is funded by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund as well as the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in the Austrian Electric Mobility Flagship Projects programme. This year’s call supports the development and demonstration of new solutions in the field of electric mobility. They will stress the systemic perspective and broaden the scope of topics to include questions relating to the manufacture and recycling of electrically driven vehicles

In the LEEFF project, an advanced electric vehicle above 3,5t (eVan) together with an adapted battery and a smart charging station for commercial use at logistical hubs will be developed and an innovative business model for fleet operators together with adapted planning and communication tools will be realized as a prototype. The overall project goal is a cost neutral execution strategy for fleet operators and providers to position electric vehicles as an acceptable substitute to classical diesel powered vehicles. One part of the project we are concerned with is a mobile communication app for the dynamic processing of data. Telematic data and driver behaviour will be transferred and processed on the platform and necessary information can be taken out by the driver on the mobile device, like route, customer, vehicle and charging information. This application will also provide a direct link to dispatchers and receivers to be able to adapt to unpredictable situations like traffic jams or last minute order changes.

The project starts in April 2016 and has a duration of 36 months. The project consortium consists of 14 Austrian partners (in alphabetical order): Consistix GmbH, Energie Ingenieure GmbH, Greenway E-Mobility GmbH, i-LOG Integrated Logistics GmbH (project coordination), Kreisel Electric GmbH, Oberaigner Powertrain GmbH, Quehenberger Logistics GmbH, Satiamo GmbH, Schachinger Immobilien und Dienstleistungs GmbH & Co KG, SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG, SMATRICS GmbH & Co KG, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and University of Vienna.