E-trucks (40 t & refrigerated)

Absolute carbon dioxide emissions in road haulage increased from 34.2 to 39.7 million tonnes, i.e. by 16%, between 1995 and 2014 in spite of technical improvements. (German Environment Agency – UBA)

Brief description

The project involves testing an electric truck (e-truck) in combination with a refrigerated semi-trailer. The gross vehicle weight of the tractor-trailer combination is 40 t. It is used for goods distribution in urban zones.

The aim of the project is to gather initial practical experience in the field of electromobility. The vehicle is in continuous operation thanks to route planning that is adapted to the battery charge. The network infrastructure of the distribution centre is adapted for the fast-charging system.

The use of an all-electric semi-trailer replaces a diesel truck without suffering any payload restrictions as would be the case with smaller e-trucks.

Transport distance

  • up to 50 km
  • up to 100 km

Greenhouse gas reduction potential

  • Up to 100 % greenhouse gas reduction for traction depending on the source of the electricity
  • Greenhouse gases still arise through refrigerant leakage depending on the type of transport refrigeration unit used

Transferability & challenges

  • Simple transferability
  • High capital expenditure
  • Powerful local charging infrastructure required

Requirements for third parties

  • A system of incentives for e-vehicles from politicians desirable (tax relief/exemptions from charges)
  • Possibility of night-time deliveries

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