ALICE part of ZEFES project to accelerate the integration of battery electric and fuel cell trucks for long distance heavy transport

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

The ZEFES (Zero Emissions flexible vehicle platforms with modular powertrains serving the long-haul Freight Eco System) project has officially started on the 1st of January 2023. The ZEFES project, 3,5 years, will contribute to the aims and objectives set out in the Green Deal and 2ZERO partnership, where Europe commits itself to be the first CO2 neutral continent by 2050. The use of zero tailpipe emission vehicles for long-distance heavy-duty transport is an important pathway towards achieving these targets. In this project, such vehicles are Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).

In the ZEFES project, 5 truck OEMs, 2 trailer OEMs, suppliers, logistic operators, and research partners will work together towards the overall goal of accelerating the integration of ZEVs for long distance heavy transport, by focusing on efficiency improvements, mass production capabilities and demonstrating the use of the technologies in daily operations.

ZEFES will bring ZEV adoption in the freight transport ecosystem a big step further

In 2025, nine different vehicle concepts (5 BEV and 4 FCEV) will run over 1Mio kilometres across EU corridors in real daily operations (use cases), guided and validated by a digital platform (developed within the project) bringing ZEV adoption in the freight transport ecosystem a big step further. Vehicles will carry 40+ tn over distances up to 750 kms and with 500 km average in daily operation.

ZEFES major outcomes are to:

  • Execute real-world demonstrations of long-haul BEVs and FCEVs across Europe to take zero-emission long-haul goods transport in Europe to the next level.
  • Create a pathway for long-haul BEVs and FCEVs to become more affordable and reliable, more energy efficient, with a longer range per single charge and reduced charging times able to meet the user’s needs.
  • Develop technologies which can deliver promised benefits (easy handling, similar driving hours & charging/Hydrogen Refuelling stations, high speeds and ability to operate in complex transport supply chains).
  • Make the mapping of flexible and abundant charging/Refuelling points and novel charging concepts.
  • Create novel tools for fleet management to support the rising number of long-haul BEVs and FCEVs vehicles in the logistics supply chains.

To know more about this project, you may revisit the ZEFES informative session and stakeholder onboarding taking place on the 10th of February 2023 from 10.30 to 12.00 online. Presentation and recorded session available.

ZEFES partnership

The project has 40 partners from all over Europe, representing the entire heavy-duty value chain. It includes ALICE members: VOLVO, SCANIA, GRUBER LOGISTICS, Gebrüder Weiss, Procter & Gamble, Colruyt Group, Grupo Sese, PTV and TNO.


ZEFES is co-funded by the European Union under grant number 101095856. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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