SMARTSET’s report on the development of common assessment parameters and methodology for test of clean vehicles now available!

This report sets out to define sets of important assessment parameters for two crucial steps in the life‐cycle of any logistics test operation involving clean vehicles: the selection of vehicles and the overall evaluation of the operation at the end of the test, or after a completion of an important phase of the operation. The relative importance of the parameters was assessed by SMARTSET partners, performing the vehicle tests at different project sites.

After the analysis of partner input, the following 12 parameters were deemed most important and relevant for this stage:

  1. Reputation of the vehicle’s manufacturer or supplier
  2. Perceived maturity of the propulsion technology
  3. Availability of vehicles to purchase or lease
  4. Availability of spare parts for the vehicles
  5. Availability of own fuelling/charging infrastructure (in the case of EV’s)
  6. Maximum payload of the vehicle
  7. Declared GHG emissions (and other pollutants)
  8. Declared range of the vehicle
  9. Cost to buy or lease
  10. Availability of qualified service staff
  11. Availability of purchase incentives
  12. Privileges in access restriction schemes

After the analysis of partner input, the following 15 parameters were deemed most important and relevant for this stage:

  1. Vehicle reliability – time out of service and availability of replacement solutions
  2. Vehicle’s real life operational range
  3. Procurement and depreciation costs associated with the vehicle
  4. Amount of cargo shifted during the test
  5. Real‐life savings on the fuel/energy bill (including the effects of consolidation)
  6. Real‐life GHG emissions (including the effects of consolidation)
  7. Vehicle’s maintenance cost
  8. Availability and timeliness of service (connected with reliability)
  9. Availability of spare parts (connected with reliability)
  10. Making use of public support measures
  11. Bringing in additional streams of revenue through advertising etc.
  12. Fulfilling wider policy goals, such as fit with SUMP or SULP
  13. Possibility of the operation continuing without subsidy in foreseeable future
  14. The publicity effect of the operation
  15. Impact of consolidation resulting in fewer vehicles on the road

There is a degree of overlap of some parameters above and evaluators may choose to combine some parameters (such as vehicle’s reliability and timeliness of service etc.). Both sets of parameters can be used by any interested stakeholders in their processes of acquisition and testing of cleaner vehicles. They should also form a part of any checklist related to such processes. The evaluation parameters will be used by SMARTSET partners in assessment of their trials.

Maciej R. TUMASZ, Newcastle University | NewRail