IEA HEV Task 41: Electric Freight Vehicles (Working period 2021 - 2022)

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. Austrian pilot projects on EFV are used to exchange barriers and solution approaches in an international context, especially with regard to substitution potential, costs and energy consumption. Together with incentive systems for the market launch of EFV, this will be discussed with logistics companies, the ministry (BMK) and research institutions.

Short Description

So far, the transformation of freight transport remains one of the biggest challenges on the path to zero emission.

Without any CO2 reduction measures, electric freight vehicles (EFV) would be the world's largest source of fossil fuel consumption in road traffic in 2050. Therefore, IEA HEV Task 41 deals with the investigation of the current market and technology progress of EFVs, as well as the analysis of the essential aspects for a successful market launch of EFVs.

The scope of Task 41 includes vehicles of classes N1, N2 and N3 and all types of electrified or electric powertrains.

The focus of the Austrian sub-project of the international task is on the following areas:

  • Present Austrian pilot projects for EFVs at international level
  • Identify and exchange both barriers and solution approaches from Austrian and international pilot projects
  • Evaluate the substitution potential, costs and energy consumption of EFVs
  • Summarize effective incentive systems for the market launch of EFVs in Austria based on their effect on the Total Costs of Ownership (TCO)
  • Disseminate the results of Task 41 to target groups such as national logistics service providers, the ministry (BMK) and research institutions
  • Outline basic innovation aspects such as the determination of the substitution potential, the optimized use and the necessary measures to promote the use of EFVs
  • Inform the target group of national logistics service providers about the results of the task activities through at least 3 national workshops over the project period.

The Austrian sub-project gives potential users an overview of the current and long-term substitution potential of EFVs and can thus avoid potential "stranded investments". Policy makers will be informed on the most effective monetary and non-monetary measures to support the broad market ramp-up of EFVs.


  • Austria
  • Germany (lead)
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom

Contact Address

University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna
Institute for Process and Energy Engineering
Peter Jordan-Straße 82
A-1190 Vienna

Werner Müller, Annette Zeinlinger, Maria Höggerl
Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL)
Schottenfeldgasse 29
A-1070 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (1) 47654 89321