Three companies, DPD Switzerland, Continental and Futuricum, broke the record for the longest distance traveled by an electric truck. The electric truck built in collaboration with the three companies, which is in fact an upgraded Volvo device, was able to travel 1099 km without recharging. This record is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The truck set a record at the 2.8-kilometer Continental track near Hannover, Germany. During the recording process, the two drivers sat behind the wheel for four and a half hours, completing a total of 392 laps on this elliptical track. The average speed of the truck in this record is 50 kilometers per hour and it took a total of 23 hours.
Mark Frank, head of strategy and innovation at DPD Switzerland, announced the company’s decision to invest in electric transport from the outset, and said the Futuricum truck would now be used to move cargo between warehouses in Basel and Zurich for six months.
It is not bad to mention that the propulsion of this 19-ton truck has a power equal to 680 horsepower, and the task of supplying energy has been assigned to a very large battery pack of 680 kWh; This pack is the largest of its kind and has never been used in any other truck in Europe.
You must be aware that a number of truck manufacturers and startups are planning to move the transportation industry towards green electric propulsion. According to 2017 statistics, the share of heavy trucks and buses in the amount of greenhouse gases produced in Europe was 19%. Therefore, this sector is under the magnifying glass of companies and organizations that seek to reduce pollution and combat climate change.
Among the leading brands, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz are more seriously researching and developing electric trucks than others, and they want to prove that such models can be on par with diesel trucks. The record of a thousand kilometers by the three companies, of course, somehow confirms this.