With a total of 1,099 kilometres, DPD Switzerland, e-truck brand Futuricum, and tyre manufacturer Continental have secured the world record for the longest distance covered by an electric lorry without a charging stop. For the record, the partners used an e-truck that has already been in use in delivery traffic for six months.
This record was set by a Futuricum lorry that has been in use for DPD Switzerland in regional traffic.
“For DPD Switzerland, we have converted a Volvo FH to an electric drive. The 19-ton truck now has over 680 hp and, with a capacity of 680 kilowatt hours, the largest truck battery in Europe on board,” explains Adrian Melliger, CEO of Designwerk Products AG, the company behind the Futuricum brand.
1,099 kilometers in 23 hours and 392 laps
The partners found the best record conditions near Hanover on the 2.8-kilometer-long, oval test track at the Contidrom, Continental’s in-house test centre.
In total, two drivers completed 392 laps in shifts of 4.5 hours each at an average speed of 50 km/h (31 mph), which is a realistic average value for everyday use.
Initially, the weather conditions were not ideal with 14 degrees (57° F) outside temperature and only around 23 degrees (73° F) ground temperature. In addition, the wind blew at an average of 18 km/h (11 mph) with gusts of up to 40 km/h (25 mph).
Nevertheless, after just under 23 hours, the partners were able to secure the world record for the longest distance covered by an electric lorry without a charging stop – 1,099 kilometres.