A simheuristic for routing electric vehicles with limited driving ranges and stochastic travel times
PublisherInstitut d'Estadística de Catalunya
Rights accessOpen Access
Green transportation is becoming relevant in the context of smart cities, where the use of electric vehicles represents a promising strategy to support sustainability policies. However the use of electric vehicles shows some drawbacks as well, such as their limited driving-range capacity. This paper analyses a realistic vehicle routing problem in which both driving-range constraints and stochastic travel times are considered. Thus, the main goal is to minimize the expected time-based cost required to complete the freight distribution plan. In order to design reliable Routing plans, a simheuristic algorithm is proposed. It combines Monte Carlo simulation with a multi-start metaheuristic, which also employs biased-randomization techniques. By including simulation, simheuristics extend the capabilities of metaheuristics to deal with stochastic problems. A series of computational experiments are performed to test our solving approach as well as to analyse the effect of uncertainty on the routing plans.
CitationReyes-Rubiano, L. [et al.]. A simheuristic for routing electric vehicles with limited driving ranges and stochastic travel times. "SORT", 11 Juny 2019, vol. 1, p. 3-24.