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BMW and SCHERM put 40t battery-electric truck into service for material transport in 1-year pilot

The BMW Group and the SCHERM group have put a 40-ton electric truck for material transport into service on public roads in a one-year pilot. The truck, a Terberg YT202-EV electric tractor, has successfully completed its first test drives. The truck will travel a 2km route (1.2 miles) eight times a day between the SCHERM group logistics center and the BMW Group plant in Munich, transporting different vehicle components such as shock absorbers, springs and steering systems.

The truck battery takes three to four hours to charge. When fully charged, the vehicle has a range of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles). Thus, the electric truck can theoretically complete a full production day without any additional recharging.

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. Click to enlarge.

The electric truck will be exclusively charged with electricity from renewable sources. Compared to a diesel engine truck, the electric truck will save 11.8 tons of CO2 annually.

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.

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).


Frank Falcone

I hereby challenge BMW/Scherm to put this tractor against TransPower's electric tractor to see which is the most efficient, fastest, and can move the most trailers for the longest duration.

Any takers?

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