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HESTER - High efficiency storage systems for last mile delivery vehicles

42 months (2026)
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Project type:
Corporate-funded and donor-funded research
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PoliTo role:
Sole Contractor


The overall efficiency is one of the main weaknesses of electrified Commercial Vehicles currently available on the market. Energy efficiency, payload available and storage systems are the main areas in which there are the major shortcomings. Overall, the possible solutions for the last mile delivery vehicles are likely to be a combination of different technologies and approaches, leading to archetypes and technologies able to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and minimize the environmental impact of last mile delivery. Amongst the main areas, several proposals for innovative functions to manage on board storage in a flexible and efficient manner are emerging in the vehicles design. Furthermore, it has also to be considered that autonomous driving will have an impact, for example allowing new cabin archetypes.

People involved



ERC sectors

PE8_10 - Industrial design (product design, ergonomics, man-machine interfaces, etc.)

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 8. Incentivare una crescita economica duratura, inclusiva e sostenibile, un’occupazione piena e produttiva ed un lavoro dignitoso per tutti|Obiettivo 11. Rendere le città e gli insediamenti umani inclusivi, sicuri, duraturi e sostenibili|Obiettivo 12. Garantire modelli sostenibili di produzione e di consumo


Total cost: € 350,000.00
Total contribution: € 350,000.00
PoliTo total cost: € 350,000.00
PoliTo contribution: € 350,000.00