ELCIDIS: The Background
Most European cities are confronted with problems regarding the
distribution of goods. The evolution of urban logistics has led to the
increasing use of heavy goods vehicles in city centres. The nuisance caused
by these vehicles to traffic fluidity and the environment is growing, and
becoming less acceptable.
Shops and businesses suffer from the poor accessibility of the
city and residents and shoppers experience the negative effects from the
pollution caused by these heavy vehicles. Both the economic and environmental
viability of cities are affected by the present organisation of urban goods
The ELCIDIS project, electric vehicle city distribution systems,
wants to find a solution for urban logistics by approaching the subject
in a dual way, taking into account the interests of all parties involved:
By organising urban distribution using quiet and clean (hybrid) electric
vehicles, the nuisance of distribution activities can be decreased dramatically.
The improved living climate of the city will benefit residents and shoppers
as well as shopkeepers.
A more efficient organisation of urban logistics can be achieved by a more
efficient routing of the vehicles and the use of central distribution centres.
A more efficient organisation will decrease the number of journeys made
by heavy vehicles and increase traffic fluidity in urban areas. The improved
accessibility of the city will especially benefit transport companies,
shopkeepers and businesses which operate in the city.
Taking into consideration the interests of all parties involved,
ELCIDIS wants to set an example for clean and efficient Urban Distribution
in the 21st century.
ELCIDIS is an integrated TARGETED PROJECT supported by the European Commission's
In an effort to support less energy consuming and cleaner transport,
the European Commission - Directorate General for Energy - launched, as
part of the 1997 Thermie programme, a call for proposals asking cities
in particular to set up and implement together a series of "Integrated
Transport Projects" for energy saving in urban transport. ELCIDIS is one
of the projects accepted and supported by the European Commision's Thermie