Logistics of limited charging network capacity. Mitigating measures for vans and trucks

The logistics sector is facing a major sustainability challenge in the coming years. Improving sustainability often involves a transition to battery-electric delivery vans and trucks. A lack of capacity on the electricity grid, however, can be a barrier to this transition. This report provides potential solutions to enable companies to electrify even when grid capacity is limited.

Stichting Connekt and the Nationale Agenda Laadinfrastructuur requested CE Delft to conduct a study on mitigating measures. Mitigating measures are solutions that would make it possible to consume more electricity, despite limited grid capacity. This can enable the electrification of logistics when there is grid congestion. This study elaborated mitigating measures and identified government policies to support and accelerate these mitigating measures.

CE Delft has elaborated six mitigating measures in fact sheets that meet the knowledge requirements of logistics companies, to make electrification possible in congested conditions. The fact sheets include a description of the measure, the conditions under which it is suitable, the type of companies that can deliver the measure and the future perspective of the measure. The measures are:

  1. Smart charging and charging strategy
  2. Battery
  3. Collective charging stations
  4. Non-guaranteed grid connection
  5. Energy hub
  6. Temporary generator