Fully-electric truck covers record driving range of 682.88 miles on single charge
A fully-electric delivery truck, operated by German delivery firm DPD in partnership with automotive giant Continental, has set the world record by covering a distance of 682.88 miles (1,099 km) in less than 24 hours on a single charge. The electric commercial vehicle in question has been manufactured by Futuricum in Switzerland.
Used as a parcel delivery vehicle in Switzerland, the Futuricum Logistics 18E truck has a massive 680-kWh (with usable capacity 578 kWh) lithium-ion battery pack sourced from BMW.
Thus, the recently set up Guinness World Record was actually an effort of the teamwork among DPD Switzerland, Continental and Futuricum. To be precise, the electric truck took 22 hours and 56 minutes to cover the aforementioned distance. Two drivers switched in 4.5 hour shifts; the vehicle ran at an average speed of 50 km/h (roughly 31 mph).
According to a statement by DPD Switzerland, the electric truck completed the aforementioned distance at Continental‘s 2.8 km (1.7 miles) long test track, which is close to Hanover in Germany. The two drivers completed 392 laps of the oval test track.
Marc Frank, director of strategy & innovation at DPD Switzerland, said, “We decided to invest in electric mobility at an early stage. The Futuricum truck has been traveling between the depot in Möhlin near Basel and the distribution center in Buchs/Zurich for about six months now.”
Futuricum, the manufacturer of the electric truck, has specialization in production of fully-electric commercial vehicles based on Volvo truck chassis, EV chargers and battery packs. On its website, the manufacturer claims that commercial vehicles manufactured by it can achieve a maximum range of up to 760 km (roughly 472 miles), but the Futuricum Logistics 18E truck’s newly set world record showed that its vehicles can achieve much more than that.
The world is increasingly shifting from conventional internal combustion engines (ICEs) to electric powertrains as governments around the globe are encouraging manufacturers as well as consumers to switch to EVs to help trim down carbon emissions and prevent global warming. But, range anxiety remains a big hurdle on the way to mass adoption of EVs, especially when it comes to commercial vehicles.
However, the Futuricum Logistics 18E electric truck has successfully proved that EVs can do everything that ICE vehicles are doing now. The manufacturer has efficiently shown that that commercial e-mobility and sustainable trucking is possible.
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