Goods distribution with electric vehicles: Review and research perspectives

Samuel Pelletier, Ola Jabali, Gilbert Laporte

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

216 Citations (SciVal)


Since the mid-2000s, electric vehicles have gained popularity in several countries even though their market share is still relatively low. However, most gains have been made in the area of passenger vehicles and most technical and scientific studies have been devoted to this case. By contrast, the potential of electric vehicular technology for goods distribution has received less attention. The issues related to the use of electric vehicles for goods distribution reveal a wide range of relevant research problems. The aims of this survey paper are to provide transportation researchers an overview of the technological and marketing background needed to conduct research in this area, to present a survey of the existing research in this field, and to offer perspectives for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages20
JournalTransportation Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


  • Batteries
  • City logistics
  • Electric vehicular technology
  • Green transportation
  • Incentives
  • Market penetration
  • Vehicle routing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation


Dive into the research topics of 'Goods distribution with electric vehicles: Review and research perspectives'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this