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BMW Employs Fully Electric 40-Ton Truck

July 10, 2015

Photo courtesy of BMW Group
Photo courtesy of BMW Group

BMW Group and the SCHERM group has employed a 40-ton electric truck for material transport for use on public roads in Germany. BMW claims it is the first car manufacturer in Europe to use an electric truck of this size to transport materials on public roads.

The truck is electric truck is a model from the Dutch manufacturer Terberg and will be traveling as much as eight times per day between SCHERM’s logistics center and BMW Group’s plant in Munich. It will be transporting different vehicle components like shock absorbers, springs and steering systems between the two facilities.

 The SCHERM Group is an international logistics solutions company for the transport, real estate and service sectors.

The truck’s battery takes three to four hours to charge fully and has a range of about 62 miles which BMW Group says should enough to complete a full production day without any additional recharging. The truck will be charged with electricity generated by renewable sources, says BMW.

“With our electric truck, we are sending another strong signal for sustainable urban mobility,” said Hermann Bohrer, head of BMW Group Plant. “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.”

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