5 June 2020 – Designers from the Offenbach University of Art and Design have developed and designed a container for parcel transport by tram. They cooperated with the research project “LastMileTram – Empirical research on the use of a freight tram using the example of Frankfurt am Main”, which was carried out at the Research Lab for Urban Transport at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences with the Frankfurt Transport Company (VGF) and the logistics company Hermes. Together with VGF and Hermes, the requirements of container loading and unloading with parcels were analysed and transferred to a container prototype. In addition to filling the container, its handling is decisive: loading the tram and then loading cargo bikes, taking into account the optimal usage sequence for the parcel carrier on his tour. Many requirements, but only one product – the challenges were great, but the result was a success: The resulting prototypes were developed in two sizes, can be loaded onto common cargo bikes due to their standardization and fit into the Frankfurt tram. Road traffic is relieved and the future of delivering packages on the last mile can come – Last Mile Tram.

Supervising professors:

Prof. Dr. Kai-Oliver Schocke (Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences)
Prof. Dr. Petra Schäfer (Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences)
Prof. Peter Eckart (HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design)

Supervising researchers:

Andreas Gilbert (Fachgruppe neue Mobilität – Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences)
Silke Höhl (Research Lab for Urban Transport – Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences)
Anna-Lena Moeckl (Design Institute for Mobility and Logistics – HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design)
Julian Schwarze (Design Institute for Mobility and Logistics – HfG Offenbach Universtiy of Art and Design)

Research assistants at the HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design:

Lukas Porstner
Hui Qu