A European team has set a new World Record for the longest distance covered by an electric truck without a recharging stop. The project team covered 1,099 kilometers in 23 hours.
Parcel delivery service provider DPD Switzerland, the e-truck brand Futuricum and tyre manufacturer Continental recently secured the Guinness World Record title at the Contidrom high-speed oval track near Hanover in Germany.
The partners used an e-truck that DPD Switzerland has been using daily over the last six months, to prove that “sustainable, energy-efficient and cost-efficient electric mobility in the transportation industry is not a mobility concept of tomorrow, but is already a reality on European roads today.”
The team prepared the Futuricum truck, a converted Volvo FH, with a high-capacity battery and efficient tyres.
Futuricum said, “The 19-ton truck now has over 680 hp and, with a capacity of 680 kilowatt hours, the largest truck battery in Europe on board,” explains Adrian Melliger, CEO of Designwerk Products AG, the company behind the Futuricum brand.
The truck was also fitted with the Continental EfficientPro tyres designed for particularly low rolling resistance.
“The upturn in electric mobility has put an even greater focus on the importance of rolling resistance optimised tyres,” says Hinnerk Kaiser, Head of Product Development Truck Tires EMEA of Continental. “Our tyres enable high mileage and extremely low rolling resistance and thus offers the essential characteristics for the economical operation of electrically powered commercial vehicles.
The world-record setting run took place at Contidrom, Continental’s in-house test centre. It is a 2.8-kilometer-long, oval test track. In total, two drivers completed 392 laps in shifts of 4.5 hours each at an average speed of 50 km/h.
The record run of 1099km on a single charge was achieved in just under 23 hours, even though the weather conditions were not ideal. The outside temperature was just 14 degrees C with winds averaging 18 km/h and gusting at up to 40 km/h.
Marc Frank, Strategy & Innovation Director at DPD Switzerland said “We decided to invest in electric mobility at an early stage. The Futuricum truck has been travelling between the depot in Möhlin near Basel to the distribution centre near Zurich for about six months now. It’s been travelling about 300 Km every day without any problems, but we are proud that we have now been able to officially document our performance level.”