Skoda is testing electric trucks in internal logistics

Skoda is testing electric trucks in internal logistics-testing

The Czech car manufacturer Skoda is testing two electric tractors at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. They will be used for in-plant transport, with more e-trucks to follow, according to Skoda in a recent press release. The Czech car manufacturer plans to save 60 tons of CO2 per year in this way compared to trucks with diesel engines. Skoda wants to consistently reduce its ecological footprint and has significantly tightened its environmental goals as part of the NEXT LEVEL – SKODA STRATEGY 2030 corporate strategy.

Since the beginning of October, Skoda Logistics has been testing the two electric tractors for internal transport. Equipped with standard semi-trailers, they will replace tractors with diesel engines on the respective routes by May next year. In a next step, from June 2022, specially made, shortened semi-trailers will transport electric car batteries through the Mladá Boleslav plant. For this purpose, the semi-trailers are equipped with conveyor technology for automatic loading and unloading with and of pallets.

The locally emission-free trucks have a range of 80 kilometers per battery charge and the batteries are fully charged in 4.5 hours. They consume around 200 kWh of electricity over a distance of 100 kilometers. By using the vehicles, Skoda plans to save 60 tons of CO2 annually.

“At Skoda, we specifically rely on simply clever approaches to make the company even more sustainable in the areas of production and logistics. After the successful test run with the two purely electric tractors, we are quickly converting the fleet for internal transport to purely battery-electric trucks. We also want to create incentives for our local suppliers. In the medium term, we envisage that all components that are delivered by truck from the immediate vicinity of our factory locations will reach our production lines with zero local emissions.“ – Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda Board Member for Production and Logistics

As part of its ‘Green Future’ strategy, SKODA is pursuing ambitious sustainability goals that the automobile manufacturer has defined for production and logistics in the ‘Green Logistics’ approach. After the use of natural gas-powered trucks (CNG) on the factory premises reduced CO2 emissions by 25 percent compared to vehicles with conventional drives, the company is now taking the next step with the e-trucks to further minimize emissions.

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5 thoughts on “Skoda is testing electric trucks in internal logistics”

  1. In the Skoda article I miss the indication that these are probably tractor units from the company. Framo (LObichau/Thuringia) acts:

    https://www.framo-eway.com/en/
    

    Oh yes, if you want to use something like this operationally, you can also test it:

    https://www.framo-eway.com/de/vehicle-testing/
    

    In good cases there are also subsidies.. 🙂

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  2. Here are some numbers and estimates.

    200 kWh per 100 km, that speaks for a payload close to the permissible total weight.

    80 km range would require 160 kWh of electricity, i.H. Battery packs with about 176 kWh gross and about 1.000kg.

    176 kWh is estimated 17.600 euros (battery cells), 24.600 (battery packs) and 35.000 (net for customers).

    Such purely battery-electric trucks are ideal for customers with short driving profiles. They weigh about the same as diesel trucks, the additional price is small, they are also low-maintenance, quiet and environmentally friendly.

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  3. Another nail in the coffin for the idea of ​​using H2 for heavy traffic. Battery technology is advancing rapidly.

    It will soon be possible and affordable to use rechargeable batteries for truck journeys over 1000 km.

    Producing green H2 in sufficient quantities for all the uses that a few energy suppliers talk about will never happen.

    A good approach from Skoda that shows what is already feasible and affordable today.

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