BMW expands electric truck fleet

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJanuary 10, 2018

BMW, along with partners SCHERM Group and logistics service provider ARS Altmann, now have three e-trucks in use at BMW‘s Munich plant.

The first 40-ton electric truck was put into service in 2015 and two more were added last December. Through the use of these e-trucks, the company reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 82 tons annually.

The original truck covered a route between the BMW plant and SCHERM logistics centre eight times a day. Travelling at a top speed of 40kph, the truck saved about 48 tons of CO2 annually.

The new trucks are on two different routes. The first sees cargo moved 12kms from the Munich plant to a supply centre in Karlsfeld. The truck transports car parts and has a top speed of 64kph with a 160km range. Depending on the specific tractor, the truck batteries take three to four hours to charge.

The second new truck moves finished cars between BMW Welt – the brand‘s exhibition and delivery centre – and the Garching distribution centre. It features a covered trailer to keep the new cars clean.

Jürgen Maidl, SVP logistics and production network at the BMW Group, underscored the potential of sustainability in logistics.

“This expansion of our e-truck fleet demonstrates clearly that we are continuing the implementation of the BMW Group‘s sustainability goals for rail and road transport. At the three production sites in Munich, Landshut and Leipzig, we now operate a total of seven electric trucks.”