German port begins e-trucking

German port begins e-trucking

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German container hinterland logistics company Contargo put its first electronic truck (e-truck) into use in Duisburg Intermodal Terminal (DIT), a logistics hub of the world’s largest inland port, namely Duisburg port in West Germany.

For the first time, DIT uses an e-truck for delivery and collection of containers at different loading places within a radius of 40 kilometers.

Driven by 210 kW electric motor, the truck, with maximum permissible weight of 37 tons, can make around 100 kilometers on a single charge, said the company.

Hendrik Wuest, transport minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, said at a press conference that the use of e-trucks will contribute to environmental protection as well as to strengthen competitiveness of local economy.

In his view, the experience of the e-truck fleet operation gathered by Contargo in coming years can also benefit others.

Till end of this year, a second e-truck will operate in DIT, while additional four vehicles will be used in other two terminals, according to Contargo.