Task 41, Electric Freight Vehicles


Ongoing Tasks


Completed Tasks

Contact for further information:

Operating Agent
Mr. Özcan Deniz
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Vehicle Concepts
Pfaffenwaldring 38-40
70569 Stuttgart; Germany




1st Workshop: Vehicle technologies and applications of battery-electric freight vehicles in city logistics (Oct 15 2019, Stuttgart, Germany)" with hyperlink to associated file

2nd Workshop: Using Data to Tackle Freight Transport Challenges (26 Feb 2020, Liverpool, UK)" with hyperlink to associated file

2nd Webinar: Electrification of Heavy-Duty Vehicles in Long Haul Transport (Sep 29 2020, online)

The European Truck Market and potential Powertrain Technologies

The State of the Art of Electric Freight Vehicles

Programme of Work

The Task's main objectives are to monitor progress and review relevant aspects for a successful introduction of electric freight vehicles (EFV) into the market. Three focus areas are included for this purpose:


The first area "technology development of EFV" addresses the technical viability of EFV. Based on current available EFV on the market, performances as well as standards and norms for EFV are described to monitor technical advances of EFV. The development of the charging infrastructure, in particular with regard to costs and availability, is also in focus.

The second area of interest deals with "best practice and suitability aspects of EFV" to identify potential application areas for EFV. Based on best practice pilot projects, successful examples of EFV implementations will be described. This includes on analysis of their opportunities and barriers for market introduction. The third area looks at demand-side issues and is linked both to end customers and to policies. In view of the different suitability of EFV technologies for replacing conventional diesel engines, economic and ecological aspects of EFV will be evaluated. By using existing models, fleet Total Cost of Ownership and CO2-emission calculations for promising "vehicle - transport task" combinations with close-to-reality data are undertaken.

The topics of each focus area are presented in form of short fact sheets (1-2 pages), which will provide the base to review the aspects for a successful introduction of EFV into the market.

The scope of Task 41 includes vehicles of the size classes N1, N2 and N3 and all types of electrified or electric powertrains like hybrid, plugin-hybrid, battery electric, fuel cell electric and electric road powertrains.

Working Method

The working method comprises desk research, workshops and public outreach.


The main approach is to collect and exchange information in workshops and through contacts to other international networks. According to the objectives, the workshops are aimed at professionals from manufacturers, TIER1 suppliers, researchers, project managers, city planners, policy makers and other stakeholders. The topics and the individual orientation of the workshops are determined by the task partners. There are both public and non-public workshops planned. Individual contributions/sessions can be treated confidentially at the request of the participants. It is expected that the partners actively participate at the Workshops.

Desk research will provide information for discussion e.g. on vehicle technology and cost developments and are presented in several fact sheets (1-2 pages). The desk researches should be reflecting a networking activity by the exchange of information and answers to questions from participating members.

Public outreach activities such as presentations, scientific publications and flyers will be prepared to disseminate the findings to a wider audience.


Duration of the task is 3 years. The task started officially on April 1st 2019 and will be finished on March 31st 2022.

Member Countries

Participating countries are Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom. DLR serves as the Operating agent.

Financing and sponsorship

Task 41 is a fee-based Task. Parties may join using an HEV-TCP voucher from the Secretariat. If no voucher is available, the fee to join the Task is 7,500 Euro (2,500 Euro per year). A concept for sponsors is available.

Benefits of Participation

Participants of Task 41 will gain access to information in the form of reports, fact sheets and presentations. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts in the area of EFV.

Task 41 will provide three key benefits for participants:

  1. Receive updates on key development:
    • First-hand access to up-to-date information and results on technology development and best practices of EFV
    • The shared and discussed information can help to derive new fields of activity to strengthen and broaden the business portfolio of the participating organization.
  2. Be part of an international network:
    • Participation of all international expert workshops
    • Opportunity to exchange and collect information with experts key stakeholders
  3. Join collaborative research actives:
    • Task 41 will help strengthen working relationships and international collaborations which allow for access to research to keep them informed on recent developments in other countries.