The overall objective of the PostMaster project is to develop and test an innovative and durable electric three-wheeled scooter that will provide an effective solution for green urban transport in EU. The project is responding to a growing demand from cit ies across EU to replace heavy-duty vehicles with green alternatives, to significantly improve quality of life for EU citizens. The aim is to develop an industrially focused three-wheeled electric vehicle that is able to carry sufficient cargo for long di stances whilst at the same time being both user- and eco-friendly, robust and able to be utilised in all weather conditions.
The PostMaster project will significantly move beyond current SOA and overcome current technology and market barriers. Novel inn ovative features of the PostMaster include its ability to run 80 km/charge with a full load capacity of 240kg and 800 stop&go. Load capacity will be a ½EUR-pallet (requested by professional logistics companies such as Bring and PostNorden) whilst at the s ame side being ergonomic, user friendly and saving the environment up to 915 kg/year of CO2 per vehicle compared to the inadequate scooters currently used for e.g. postal parcels etc. In addition, the vehicle includes innovations within the field of wirel ess diagnostics, remote monitoring, fleet management as well as optimal routing algorithms.
For the project to be realised, a number of scientific and technical barriers will have to be overcome:
- Mechanical durability & safety
- BMS (battery managem ent system)
- Wireless vehicle diagnostics
- Route planning and optimization
- A combined/integrated system
Within the initially targeted segment of postal delivery services our dialogue with the National postal delivery service companies in the Nordic c ountries, DE and FR there is a market need of more than 100.000 new green urban light delivery vehicles over the next 10 years. This corresponds to a direct market value of more than EUR 1.1bn in this segment.