Quick battery swap rather than long charging frustration

Quick battery swap rather than long charging frustration

Pull up at the swap station, park the vehicle and after a short coffee break continue on your way with a fresh battery: ‘Route Charge’ turns electromobility into a new experience for Meyer & Meyer drivers – without becoming frustrated by long charging times. The fashion logistics specialist plans to use the battery swap system along specific regular routes. And this is not the only e-mobility project from the family-owned company in Osnabrück.

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Electric heavy goods vehicles? No problem!

Electric heavy goods vehicles? No problem!

For a long time, it was impossible to imagine heavy goods vehicles and alternative drives going hand in hand. With the eActros, the first Daimler 25-tonner with an electric engine, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has made this combination possible: robust, reliable and with a range of around 200 kilometres – when it comes to customer use, does this electric truck live up to the hype? Baden-Württemberg company Logistik Schmitt is putting the vehicle through its paces.

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Battery research: cells with a future

Battery research: cells with a future

Politicians and experts alike agree that electric vehicles are part of the future of mobility. Powerful batteries are the key element of electric vehicles. That’s why there is currently massive investment going into German battery research and production. While Asian companies are currently at the forefront of battery technology, this soon ought to change.

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Powering ahead to the very last mile: optimising routes for commercial electric vehicles

Powering ahead to the very last mile: optimising routes for commercial electric vehicles

How can fully electric commercial vehicles’ battery capacity be designed to reliably meet everyday transport requirements? When it comes to electric mobility for logistics, this question is key. There is a lack of practical experience as well as valid data. Researchers from TU Berlin, Fulda University of Applied Sciences and Fraunhofer IML are hoping to shed more light on the issue with their latest research project.

A clean sweep: Cologne street-cleaning service goes electric

A clean sweep: Cologne street-cleaning service goes electric

The Mercedes-Benz Vario hasn’t been consigned to the history books yet, as Cologne’s municipal waste management company AWB will soon start using an electric version of the iconic truck for the first time. The 7.5-ton truck is set to put a new spin on urban mobility in the cathedral city. The commercial vehicle is driven by a spectacular piece of high-tech engineering: the eTransport drive axle from BPW.

KA-RaceIng: full speed ahead with electric racing cars

KA-RaceIng: full speed ahead with electric racing cars

Constructing your own racing car and putting it to the test in an international competition? Now that’s exciting stuff. In Karlsruhe, this dream is being lived by students who have joined KA-RaceIng, an association affiliated with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Modular electric trucks for city logistics

Modular electric trucks for city logistics

Diesel out, electric drive in – a truck with a diesel engine can become a sparkling clean electric truck for city logistics. In order for this transformation to succeed, researchers at RWTH Aachen University are developing a modular system with all the necessary components. The heart of the system is the eTransport electric drive axle from BPW.

Zero emissions in just two weeks

Zero emissions in just two weeks

A combination of BPW’s electric axle drive eTransport and the expertise of the special-purpose vehicle maker Paul Nutzfahrzeuge is transforming the Mercedes-Benz Vario into an electric van.

Technology of the future

Technology of the future

For his doctorate, Dustin Schöder, currently Manager In-house Consulting & CIP at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, investigated whether electromobility will eventually become a profitable option of consumer goods distribution.

Model city for electromobility

Model city for electromobility

How is it possible to integrate electromobility in a conurbation such as Cologne, and how does the technology perform in everyday life? The model project ‘colognE-mobil’ – one of the largest field studies of electric vehicles conducted to date – has found answers to these and other questions.

A quiet heavyweight

A quiet heavyweight

The logistics experts of Bavaria’s SCHERM Group are deploying the first-ever 40-tonne truck with electric drive for just-in-time deliveries for BMW. This is a clear push towards alternative drives for trucks.