Seminar: Route Planning of Electric Freight Vehicles by Considering Internal and External Conditions by Sina Rastani

Department of Industrial Engineering
Route Planning of Electric Freight Vehicles by Considering Internal and External Conditions
Sina Rastani
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabancı University



Electric freight vehicles have a strong potential to reduce emissions stemming from logistics operations; however, their limited range still causes critical limitations. Range anxiety is directly related to the total amount of energy consumed during trips. There are several operational factors that affect the energy consumption of electric vehicles and should be considered for accurate route planning. Among them, ambient temperature, cargo load, and road gradient arise as key factors. We investigate the effect of these factors on the fleet composition, energy consumption, and routing decisions in last-mile delivery operations. We present the mathematical programming formulations of the problem considering different factors. We perform an extensive computational study based on benchmark data from the literature. For solving the small-size instances we use a commercial solver. For solving the large-size instances we employ an adaptive large neighborhood search algorithm. Next, we propose preprocessing procedures and valid inequalities to reduce computational time. Our results show that the route plans made without considering these factors may lead to inefficient operations and disruptions. Also, we present a case study from a logistics company operating in Southern Turkey to provide managerial insights to both researchers and practitioners.


Short Bio: 

Sina Rastani is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Engineering at Sabanci University. His research interests include Vehicle Routing Problems, Hub Location Problems, Transportation and Logistics System Design, Facilities Location and Distribution System. His research is focused on Electric Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows. He received his M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from K.N.Toosi University of Technology (Iran) in 2013 and his B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tabriz (Iran) in 2011.


All interested are cordially invited.  


DATE:  June 16, 2020

TIME:  Tuesday, 15:00-16:00 

Online Seminar Link: 

Topic: IE Department Seminar, Speaker: Dr. Sina Rastani
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Meeting ID: 956 7414 1854