Green Vehicle Routing Problem Considering Joint Effect of Vehicle Load and Speed

This research defines and formulates a green vehicle routing problem which takes into account not only the vehicle operational cost, but also the environmental cost including fuel cost and emission cost. A mixed integer linear programming approach is then applied to solve for the green vehicle routing problem. The model is evaluated with a real-world case study extracted from the 2005-2006 Texas Commercial Vehicle Surveys [1]–[3]. In the case study, three strategies, i.e., minimizing total generalized cost, minimizing travel time only, and minimizing energy consumption only are compared with each other and with the actual observed routing strategy from the survey data. The results demonstrate that vehicle load and speed are important input to routing strategies when energy and emission costs are considered in the total generalized cost function. The routing strategy based on the optimal total generalized cost represents a trade-off between travel time and energy consumption. The results also suggest significant practical implications to improvement of the real-world vehicle routing practice in the trucking industry.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AT015 Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

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  • Authors:
    • Zhou, Wei
    • Chen, Qin
    • Lin, Jane
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2015


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 94th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01555190
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 15-1112
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 30 2014 12:27PM