Pioneering work: emissions-free 12 tonne truck supplies branches in the Ruhr area
According to a number of industry representatives, trucks with electric drive will break new ground in the future when it comes to the reduction of CO2 emissions. We are helping to drive this development forward and already employ 2 electric driven 12 tonne trucks which are charged using solar power generated in-house.
We have put the first prototype in operation to supply our stores in NRW since 2013. TEDi has developed a special concept for this whereby delivery routes are optimised for the maximum range and the best possible use of energy. On the basis of our positive experiences we then introduced a second E-truck in September 2014.
Once charged, the vehicles are able to travel a distance of around 200 kilometres with a maximum load of 5 tonnes. Our plans anticipate covering around 370 kilometres per day. The truck batteries are charged at our business premises. A charge takes 4.5 hours and can be performed several times per day. Since TEDi headquarters only use certified green electricity or electricity generated by our own photovoltaic system, the electric trucks also fill up on “green” energy. By using these environmentally-friendly, emissions-free models we are able to dispense with the services of two standard diesel trucks.
To make the vehicle even quieter, the tail-lift was coated with a special polymer, thus minimising rolling noise during loading and unloading. The inside of the truck body has been lined with insulating material as well.
TEDi's electric truck is part of the "Elektromobile urbane Wirtschaftsverkehre" (Electro-mobile urban business traffic) project (ELMO) which is being implemented together with Wirtschaftsförderung (Business Development) Dortmund and the Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik (Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics) (IML) and is funded by the Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung (Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development) (BMVBS). Alongside TEDi, three other companies belong to the project consortium: ABB Busch-Jaeger Elektro, CWS-boco and UPS Deutschland. The "Nationale Organisation Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie" (National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology) (NOW) is responsible for coordinating the respective programme "Modellregionen Elektromobilität" (Model regions for electro-mobility). The electric truck from TEDi is assigned to the Rhine-Ruhr model region, one of seven starter projects in Germany.