Last Mile Tram – Parcel Container

Parcel container for last mile transport

The Research Lab for Urban Transport (ReLUT) at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, in cooperation with  Frankfurt’s public transport company (Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main, VGF) and the logistics company Hermes, carried out the research project “LastMileTram – Empirical Research on the use of Trams for Cargo; Pilot Scheme in Frankfurt am Main”. Within this framework, designers from the OIMD were commissioned by ReLUT to develop and design a container for parcel transport in the tram. Together with VGF and Hermes, they analyzed which requirements are necessary when loading and unloading the containers. The results were then transferred to a container prototype. In addition to the filling of the container, its handling is crucial: the loading of the tram and subsequently the loading of cargo bikes, taking into account the optimal usage sequence for the parcel carrier on his tour. Many requirements, but only one product – the challenges were great, but the result was a success: the resulting prototypes were designed in two sizes, can be loaded onto common transport bicycles due to their standardisation and fit into the Frankfurt tram. Road traffic is relieved and the future of last mile parcel delivery can come – Last Mile Tram.

To the Last-Mile-Tram-Project at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences…

Type of project • Applied project, student project
General Management • Research Lab for Urban Transport (ReLUT) at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (ReLUT)
Lead • HfG: Prof. Peter Eckart, Dipl.-Des. Anna-Lena Moeckl, Dipl.-Des. Julian Schwarze; in cooperation with Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Petra Schäfer, Prof. Dr. Kai-Oliver Schocke, M.Eng. Andreas Gilbert, M.Sc. Silke Höhl
Team • Dipl.-Des. Kai Dreyer, Hui Qu, Lukas Porstner
Status • completed
Duration • 04/2019 – 10/2019
Additional cooperation • Hermes Germany GmbH, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt (VGF), House of Logistics and Mobility GmbH, Klimabündnis Frankfurt
Funding • Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing



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