When the BMW Group sent the first electric truck out onto the streets two years ago, the silent 40-tonne vehicle was still a pilot project. Three fully electric trucks are now on the go in Munich, saving the company CO2 emissions amounting to around 82 tonnes per year.
In 2015, as Ulf Frenzel drove off his employer’s yard in the first electric truck, he was a local sensation in Munich. “People took photos and videos”, says the 45-year-old. By now, the city has got used to the silent 40-tonne truck, although it still gets looks at traffic lights. Frenzel drives the environmentally friendly electric giant 16 times a day at 40 kilometres an hour between the Scherm logistics centre and the BMW Group factory in Munich, loaded up with shock absorbers, springs and steering gears.
Electric 40-tonne trucks will soon become even more common in the area around the BMW Group main factory. Another two electric trucks are already out and about on public roads on behalf of the automobile manufacturer from Munich: as well as the SCHERM Group, which serves a distribution centre in Karlsfeld with a second truck, logistics provider ARS Altmann AG transports new vehicles from Garching to the BMW world for customer delivery. On the return journey, the truck loads up with new vehicles just coming off the production line in the main plant and transports them to Garching, from where the cars are delivered across Europe.
All three 40-tonne vehicles are not only quiet, but due to electricity from renewable sources, they emit virtually no particulate matter into the environment. This means that they save the BMW Group up to 82 tonnes in CO2 emissions annually in city traffic, compared to trucks with diesel engines. Munich is not the only city to benefit: another four of these environmentally friendly electric trucks are now in use on behalf of the BMW Group in Landshut and Leipzig.
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