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BMW announces more electric trucks to join logistics fleet

Words: NIle Bijoux
5 Dec 2017

BMW has put two new electric trucks into service at the BMW Group Munich plant to further reduce CO2 emissions.

BMW has put two new electric trucks into service at the BMW Group Munich plant to further reduce CO2 emissions.

There are now three 40-tonne electric trucks in service at the car manufacturing plant, the first of which has been in service since 2015.

Between them, the three trucks are reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 82 tonnes annually, while in driving on public roads in the Greater Munich area.

The first truck transported cars at a top speed of 40km/h on a 15km route through Munich, starting in the town of Garching and finishing at the BMW Welt events centre.

The new truck will run similar deliveries for vehicle components, starting at the supply centre in Karlsfeld, 12km outside the city, to the Munich plant.

The two new electric units will max out at 64km/h and have a range of around 160km.

These new trucks will help reduce Munich’s emissions, “protecting citizens’ health and enable future production within the city at the same time,”

The City of Munich’s business development director Kurt Kapp says the trucks will help reduce emissions, “protecting citizens health and enabling future production within the city at the same time.”

Compared to diesel trucks, the new e-trucks save the same amount of CO2 emissions that a BMW 320d would produce if it would to drive around the world nearly 20 times, or about 800,000 km.

Each truck takes between three and four hours to charge.

Implementing the electric trucks falls under BMW’s Number One > Next strategy, which prioritises e-mobility, digitalisation and autonomous driving as technologies of the future.

“This expansion of the e-truck fleet clearly demonstrates that we are continuing the implementation of the BMW Group’s sustainability goals for rail and road transport,” says BMW Group logistics and production network senior vice president Jürgen Maidl.

We now operate a total of seven electric trucks at the three production sites in Munich, Landshut and Leipzig,” says Maidl.

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