Elanders drives eTruck to Porsche’s factory

3/27/2019 1:00:33 pm

These days transportation to Porsche’s production unit for electric cars in Germany is almost soundless and generates zero emissions. The new electric truck takes Elanders’ subsidiary LGI one important step closer to more environmentally friendly logistics.

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These days transportation to Porsche’s production unit for electric cars in Germany is almost soundless and generates zero emissions. The new electric truck takes Elanders’ subsidiary LGI one important step closer to more environmentally friendly logistics.

Elanders has been in charge of component deliveries to Porsche’s production unit in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen since the beginning of 2018, delivering them daily on trucks from Elanders’ warehouse in Freiberg.

During the year, together with our customer Porsche, Elanders has invested in a completely new electric truck from the manufacturer MAN. The eTruck will initially run between Elanders’ warehouse and Porsche’s factory 5–6 times a day. The drive of around 19 kilometers is mostly freeway. All in all changing over to an electrical truck reduces emissions by more than 30 tons carbon dioxide annually. The eTruck is the first of its kind used in daily operations on public roads in Germany.

The eTruck has an electric motor with 360 horsepower and fully loaded can weigh up to 32 tons. Energy is stored in Li-ion batteries that have 149 kWh storage capacity, which gives it a range of 130 kilometers per recharge. Elanders has installed a charging station at our facility in Freiberg that runs on green, renewable electricity. This is the first model of the new quick charging infrastructure developed by Porsche Engineering. It only takes 45 minutes to charge the eTruck with enough energy to drive 100 kilometers.

Not only is the eTruck silent and CO2 neutral, it requires less maintenance. The energy regenerative system lets you reduce speed or brake by letting generators charge the battery instead of using normal mechanical brakes. As a result there is less wear and tear on the brakes compared to conventional brake systems. This technology drastically reduces fine dust emissions compared to solely using mechanical brakes. In a normal truck, diesel soot particles and brake abrasion are by far the biggest causes. The electric truck is almost free of fine dust.

Elanders rents the eTruck on a long-term basis and cares for maintenance and repair of the vehicle. With the eTruck Elanders is one important step closer to more environmentally friendly logistics.

From Elanders Annual Report 2018 – found here

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