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Published on July 10th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


BMW & SCHERM Pilot 40-Ton Electric Truck

July 10th, 2015 by  

Originally published on Gas2.

BMW and SCHERM (new to me, too) have just put into service a 40-ton (think about that for a second) battery-electric truck that will be used for material transport. The truck will be used for a one-year pilot to examine how this shizzah works.

electric truck BMW

From left to right: Jürgen Maidl, Head of Logistics at BMW Group, Kurt J.F. Scherm, CEO of the SCHERM Group, and Hermann Bohrer, Head of the BMW Group Plant in Munich.

To be specific, the truck is a Terberg YT202-EV electric tractor. 8 times a day, the truck will go 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), running from the SCHERM logistics center to the BMW plant in Munich, and back.

As you may recall from our interview with Ian Wright, as awesome as electric cars are, the real money-saving opportunity for electric vehicles is in heavy-duty transport. Assuming all goes according to plan, such work could save companies like BMW and SCHERM a lot of cash.

The electric trucks will be transporting vehicle parts like shock absorbers, springs, and steering systems.

TERBERG SPECIAL VEHICLES -YT202-EV electric tractor from Terberg Special Vehicles on Vimeo.

While a 40-ton truck sounds huge, that doesn’t mean the battery is a behemoth, thanks to the short route and limited driving needs. The battery can take the truck up to about 100 kilometers (or 62 miles). Traveling just about 16 kilometers a day, that means the truck won’t need to charge for days. When it does charge, it just takes 3–4 hours.

Yeah, I’m impressed.

With the aim being to green things up, BMW and SCHERM are also making sure the electricity is green. 100% of the electricity used in the trucks will come from renewable sources.

Here are some more details: “The YT202-EV is equipped with a 138 kW, 720 N·m Siemens motor and an Allison 3000 (4/5F-1R) transmission. Top speed is 40 km/h (25 mph).”

Unbeknownst to be before now, this isn’t the first YT202-EV on the roads in Europe. “Terberg introduced the YT202-EV yard tractor in 2014; units are operating at a number of distribution centers and inland container terminals in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. The standard tractor has two batteries (112 kWh) and a third battery can be fitted for extended or heavy duty operations.” 


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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