It’s a new world record that has just fallen! A 100% electric truck has completed nearly 1,099 kilometers on a single charge.
a electric truck of the firm Futuricum has established a new world record of autonomy. Indeed, the heavyweight managed to cover nearly 1,100 kilometers with just one battery charge!
The record was achieved on a high speed oval, the Contidrom circuit in Buchholz in Germany. It is a large oval track of 2.8 kilometers, which was built specifically by Continental to perform tests on a wide range of tires.
To achieve the feat, three entities came together around this project: the service provider DPD logistics services, the mark of Futuricum electric trucks as well as the tire manufacturer Continental.
In total, two pilots performed 392 tours at an average speed of 50 km/h, by taking turns during 4.5 hours each. According to the organizers of the record, the weather conditions were not ideal with wind and an outside temperature of 14 degrees and a ground temperature of only About 23 degrees. After 23 hours of driving, the record of 1,099 kilometers without a single intermediate load was achieved with the electric truck.
Finally, to validate the said record, representatives of the Guinness World Records were present on site to attest to the feat.
For this record, it is a truck of the brand Swiss Futuricum that was used. This type of semi-trailer is already used for regional transport for DPD Switzerland.
Adrian Melliger, Managing Director of Designwerk Products AG, the company behind the Futuricum brand, says: “ We have converted a Volvo FH into an electric motor for DPD Switzerland. Now this 19-ton truck has over 680 horsepower and, with a capacity of 680 kilowatt hours, Europe’s largest truck battery on board.« .
Regarding the tires of the vehicle, the truck was fitted with rubber Continental Efficient, which are designed to be very resistant with a very low wear coefficient.
Hinnerk Kaiser, Head of Tire Development for Buses and Trucks at Continental, says: “ The rise of electromobility increasingly highlights the importance of tires with optimized rolling resistance. High mileage and extremely low rolling resistance are “properties essential for the economical operation of electrically powered commercial vehicles”.
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