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Commercial electric vehicle routing in urban logistics: A systematic literature review

Sebastian Frederhausen and Matthias Klumpp

A chapter in Data Science in Maritime and City Logistics: Data-driven Solutions for Logistics and Sustainability, 2020, pp 33-69 from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute of Business Logistics and General Management

Abstract: Purpose: Global supply chains increasingly demand sustainable setups, from the first to the last mile in transportation. Particularly in urban settings, the use of commercial electric vehicles for transport tasks might be a suitable measure to increase overall sustainability. Methodology: For an initial structuring step of this growing research field, this paper conducts a systematic literature review based on Denyer and Tranfield (2010). The aim is to provide an overview regarding existing routing approaches for commercial electric vehicles, their characteristics and their suitability for typical application contexts in urban logistics (e.g. retail, parcel delivery, gastronomy). Findings: The results point out topical gaps regarding the specific characteristics considered in the routing models and the focus of their optimization objectives. Among others, research gaps where identified regarding specific urban logistics requirements like energy management considerations for cooling/heating, mixed fleet modelling and (partial) recharging. Originality: While the ecologic and economic impacts of electric vehicles have already been researched extensively, the OR-perspective on their commercial use still is an emerging topic. This review contributes to the structuring of this research field, which can play a key role in the practical application of electric vehicles in urban contexts.

Keywords: Logistics; Industry 4.0; Supply Chain Management; Sustainability; City Logistics; Maritime Logistics; Data Science (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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