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Electric trucks to cut emissions in internal logistics at ŠKODA plants

16.12.2021
Electric trucks to cut emissions in internal logistics at ŠKODA plants

Used to transport goods within the Mladá Boleslav plant, by May 2022 the all-electric trucks will have completely replaced diesel-powered trucks on the respective routes, saving around 60 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The transition to electric mobility applies not only to cars but also to trucks. In Mladá Boleslav, ŠKODA AUTO is trialling two electric trucks to transport goods within the plant. By using these vehicles, it plans to save 60 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, compared to the use of conventional diesel-powered trucks.

This trial is part of the corporate strategy NEXT LEVEL - ŠKODA STRATEGY 2030 with which the Czech manufacturer is systematically reducing its carbon footprint, setting itself increasingly ambitious environmental targets.

Simply Clever

At ŠKODA AUTO we are specifically focusing on 'Simply Clever' approaches to make the company even more sustainable in the areas of Production and Logistics. Following a successful pilot phase with the two all-electric trucks, we are rapidly replacing the internal transport fleet with battery-electric vehicles. In doing so, we also want to incentivise our local suppliers to do the same. In the medium term, the goal is for all components produced in the immediate vicinity of our plants to be delivered to production lines with zero local emissions”, explains Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics.

Zero emissions

The pilot project to test the first two electric trucks equipped with standard semitrailers started last October; by next May they will have completely replaced the diesel-powered trucks on the respective routes.

The next step is scheduled for June 2022 and will involve the use of specially made and shortened electric semitrailers to transport the BEV batteries within the Mladá Boleslav plant. The semitrailers will be equipped with innovative conveyor technology that will allow the pallets to be loaded and unloaded automatically. The range of the electric trucks is 80 km per charge; the batteries take 4.5 hours to fully charge. Average consumption is around 200 kWh per 100 km.

Green Future

ŠKODA AUTO's sustainability goals are an integral part of the “Green Future” strategy and, for the areas of Production and Logistics, have been defined in its ''Green Logistics'' approach.

The company had already reduced CO2 emissions by 25% by using trucks powered by natural gas (CNG) in its plants. Now, with the introduction of e-trucks, it is taking the next step to further reduce emissions.

Source: ŠKODA

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