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Electrifying Last-Mile Deliveries: A Carbon Footprint Comparison between Internal Combustion Engine and Electric Vehicles

  • Jesus Saenz-EsteruelasEmail author
  • Miguel Figliozzi
  • Adrian Serrano
  • Javier Faulin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9704)

Abstract

Last-mile management distribution is a growing challenge in big cities that affects to quality of life of many citizens. A way to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and congestion, as well as to promote and develop Smart Cities, is electrifying urban distribution by means of electric tricycles. This article evaluates the GHG of a tricycle logistics company (B-Line) in downtown Portland, OR. The goal is to analyze carbon footprint potential savings between electric tricycle last-mile distribution against a traditional diesel-powered van system. Real-world GPS and warehouse data were collected to assess B-Line operations. Results show a huge GHG emissions reduction, being tricycle logistic system twice more efficient that the traditional one.

Keywords

Smart city Externality Electric vehicle Last-mile distribution 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work has been partially supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (grants TRA2013-48180-C3-P and TRA2015-71883-REDT), and the Ibero-American Program for Science and Technology for Development (CYTED2014-515RT0489). Likewise we want to acknowledge the support received by the CAN Foundation in Navarre, Spain (Grant CAN2014-3758).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jesus Saenz-Esteruelas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Miguel Figliozzi
    • 2
  • Adrian Serrano
    • 1
  • Javier Faulin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Statistics and ORPublic University of NavarraPamplonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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