Commercial vehicles in comparison combustion engine vs. electric motor


  • Fleet trials of electric vehicles are conducted in many national and international model regions
  • In previous fleet trials, the comparison of different drive concepts (internal combustion, electric vehicle) is however missing, especially regarding Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis
  • In the purchasing decision for commercial vehicles, the total cost of ownership (TCO) are the within the focus of the customers
  • The benefits of modern quick charging technology for the utilization/TCO of commercial vehicles questionable and currently under research

Project objectives

  • Economically relevant knowledge about the use of electric vehicles in industries with predictable routes compared to the combustion engine
  • Understanding of the effectiveness and practicality of quick charging technology
  • Development of operation concepts and a tool for calculating the TCO in order to facilitate the purchase decision for fleet operators
  • Derivation of recommendations for industry and politics

Project duration

01/2013 – 06/2015

Project partner

e-Wolf GmbH, ika, RVK, SWK

Supported by

[Logo: Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Industrie, Klimaschutz und Energie des Landes NRW][Logo: Europäische Union][Logo: Ziel2.NRW][Logo: Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung]


Institute for Automotive Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
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52074 Aachen · Germany
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