After the diesel scandal, more and more truck manufacture are focusing on E-Drives. It is a pure electric vehicle for manufacturing company that also serves one of strategy for environmental protection. CEO DHL Freight, Uwe Brinks said, “The use of alternative drivers, such as all-electric FUSO eCenter plays an important role in achieving our Group-wide goal of reducing all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050… We want in our forwarding traffic reduce emissions of emissions and local air pollutants and thus both our own CO2 limit footprint and that of our customers.”
As DHL is currently working on the project, FUSO eCanter has been produced in small series in Portugal and Japan in 2017. It is a 7.5-ton vehicle with fully electric lightweight. The larger brother of eCanter has a permissible gross vehicle weight of 23 tons. Starting 2021, E-Fuso Vision One will go into production in Japan, Europe, and the United States. In third place, DHL will test its eActros, a 26-ton vehicle which will be tested in Germany and Switzerland. In the testing, ten customers use vehicles in real operations for twelve months. Then, trucks will go to second group of customers for another year. The goal of the testing is a series production readiness by 2021.
Sonja Terbrüggens at DHL reported that E-trucks have been used widely among giant company like Tesla. Tesla has already attracted an extensive amount of media attention with Semi. It is a truck that can transport around 36 tons of goods up to 800 kilometres.
Not only that, the production of E-trucks is increasing time to time. For example, Volvo Trucks has presented its first E-Truck for regional and city traffic in 2018. It is expected that Volvo Trucks will go on sale in Europe starting in 2019. Another production comes from Renault Trucks. The company is set to start with series production of purely electrical-powered commercial vehicles. Ahead of Volvo Trucks, Renault has already tried out several tests under real-world conditions which gave them important insights on battery technology, charging infrastructure, service, and maintenance needed for E-trucks. Other production comes from Thor Trucks which presents electric truck with the ET1, and Swiss company, E-Force One.
However, said Terbrüggens, it is still unclear how quickly pure electric truck will be able to gain acceptance in sector of medium and heavy truck loads. On the other hand, manufactures should take a lead in the race for profitability. Also, if E-trucks belong to the future, it is a good thing as they can contribute to cut gas emission and create clearer air.
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