Monday, July 13, 2015

40 Tonne Electric Truck on Public Roads for BMW Urban Logistics

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GERMANY – NETHERLANDS – The SCHERM group, which specialises in logistics solutions for those in the automotive industry, has joined forces with BMW, to launch the first 40 tonne truck to be used on public roads by an automobile manufacturer in Europe. The vehicle, produced by Dutch manufacturer Terberg, completed all tests and was sent into service last week after a launch at the BMW Group Plant in Munich by Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Ilse Aigner.

Furthermore the truck will be recharged only using electricity from renewable sources meaning a CO2 free vehicle as opposed to the standard diesel vehicles generally used, which throw out far more harmful particulates, in addition to around 11.8 tonnes of CO2 annually. The truck battery takes three to four hours to charge and when fully charged, the vehicle has a range of up to 100 kilometres. Thus, the electric truck can theoretically complete a full production day without any additional recharging. Hermann Bohrer, Head of the BMW Group Plant in Munich commented:

“With our electric truck, we are sending another strong signal for sustainable urban mobility. We are contributing to reducing emissions in the city and are proud to be the first automotive manufacturer in Europe to use an electric truck of this size to transport materials on public roads.”

Jürgen Maidl, Head of Logistics at BMW Group emphasised how this project would provide information as to the future role of electric trucks in city logistics. Urban mobility and environmental protection are key drivers for BMW which has established its car-sharing programme ‘DriveNow’ in various cities internationally with its range of i3 vehicles currently being introduced into the DriveNow fleets step by step. Additionally Kurt J. F. Scherm, CEO of the SCHERM group, stressed how seriously his company was taking this prototype project in order to work toward CO2-reduced logistics and sustainable transport for a company whose own business revolves around just such transport solutions.