Gothenburg shares a common challenge with many European cities: the large carbon footprint and connected emissions caused by last-mile delivery practices to its centre.
Now, the city has started a project called “Smoovit” that aims to reduce the number of transport vehicles to the inner-city area by 40%.
Smoovit reorganises the delivery of goods of multiple providers in a 3-step process:
- It receives data on planned deliveries to the city centre from the providers and calculates an optimal distribution.
- When arriving at the Urban Consolidation Centre outside the city they reload to larger but fully loaded trucks accordingly.
- These trucks then head for the urban logistics city hub where goods get loaded to small zero-emission vehicles and are delivered to the final addressees in the city centre.
The small vehicles not only have easier access to dense inner-city areas, they provide a pick-up service for returns as well that get distributed by the city hub.
Smoovit is a joint initiative by industry, academia and society players that developed the system and are now testing it accordingly.
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Article published first at TheMayor.eu on 22 February 2022.