12 Jan 2024

regioKArgo - Logistics with a future

The Karlsruhe flagship project "Sustainable logistics and passenger mobility using KArgoTramTrains (RegioKArgoTramTrain)" is gathering pace.

At the beginning of October 2023, this innovative four-year research project was given the green light at local transport company Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG).

Green tram in a green landscape.

The RegioKArgoTramTrain project aims to further develop the combined transport of passengers and goods in tramcars with automated loading and unloading. Here, AI-based technology installed in the rail vehicle will help optimise the process. Furthermore, a special logistics concept is being developed as part of the overall project in order to map the long-term and economical operation of a "RegioKArgoTramTrain" within cities and their surrounding areas. As a municipal public transport company with decades of experience, AVG is in charge of implementing the overall project.

At the kick-off meeting led by project manager Dr Christoph Rentschler (AVG), numerous partners involved in the project committed to ensuring a successful outcome. These include Automotive Engineering Network e.V. (aen e.V. ), Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI), Hochschule Furtwangen (HFU), Hochschule Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft (HKA), INIT Innovative Informatikanwendungen in Transport-, Verkehrs- und Leitsystemen GbmbH (INIT), INOVAPLAN GmbH, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), MARLO Consultants GmbH, Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU), SEW-Eurodrive GmbH & Co KG, SimPlan AG, TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH (TRK) and TransportTechnologie-Consult GmbH (TTK). The aforementioned KIT is involved in the project alongside the Institute for Vehicle Systems Technology (FAST) and the Institute for Transport Engineering (IfV). The named partners were awarded the contract as a consortium following a Europe-wide tendering process.

The "RegioKArgoTramTrain" project was honoured in 2021 as one of 24 lighthouse projects across the state participating in "RegioWIN 2030 - Regional Competitiveness through Innovation and Sustainability". The competition attracts funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Baden-Württemberg. Three of the 24 award-winning lighthouse projects were entries from the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK).

Baden-Württemberg will receive around €279 million from the European Union via the ERDF during the six-year funding period (2021-2027) to provide regional structural support. The ERDF programme Baden Württemberg is aligned with the Baden-Württemberg innovation strategy and supports key focus areas, including future technologies and skills, as well as resource and climate protection.