Routing Strategies for Efficient Deployment of Alternative Fuel Vehicles for Freight Delivery

With the increased emphasis on sustainability, several large logistics companies have purchased Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) to support their delivery operations. However, without effective deployment strategies for fueling stations it is not clear that these initiatives will result in net savings in emissions. Many of the local freight delivery operations are performed by independent truckers who are too small to manage their own fueling station. Thus, it becomes imperative to develop efficient deployment strategies for fueling stations for these carriers that will have minimal impact on their routing operations. This research will address the following questions regarding the impact on the location of the fueling stations on the deployment of AFVs for freight delivery. For a given set of origins and destinations, what would be the route efficiency losses? Could we end up with more net fuel consumption and greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions? Under what circumstance would introduction of AFVs lead to the least efficiency losses?


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Southern California, Los Angeles

    University Park Campus
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Dessouky, Maged

  • Start Date: 20140516
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37066

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Fuel consumption; Greenhouse gases
  • Subject Areas: Energy; Freight Transportation; Planning and Forecasting; Vehicles and Equipment; I15: Environment;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01554047
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC29
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 25 2015 1:00AM