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BMW Puts 40-Ton Electric Truck to Work

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/7/2015 Kelly Pleskot

BMW has introduced a 40-ton electric truck, and it's not just a concept. Now that the vehicle has completed its first test drives, it's ready to operate on public roads in Munich, Germany.

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The truck now travels to and from BMW's Munich factory eight times a day to transport vehicle components like shock absorbers, springs, and steering systems. With a range of about 62 miles, it has enough juice to make it through the entire day if charging isn't available. Despite its size, drivers only have to wait for three to four hours while recharging the battery. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

With the new truck, BMW says it's the first car manufacturer in Europe to transport goods on public roads in an electric truck of such size. Compared to a conventional diesel truck, this model will save an estimated 11.8 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, according to the automaker. This is equivalent to the distance a diesel-powered BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics would travel if it went around the world three times.

"With this project we will gain valuable information on what will be possible with electric trucks in the future for city logistics," said Jürgen Maidl, head of logistics at BMW Group.

BMW Electric Truck© Provided by MotorTrend BMW Electric Truck The truck is built off a model produced by Dutch manufacturer Terberg, and is produced in partnership with SCHERM logistics group. The model was presented this week at a launch event with Ilse Aigner, Bavaria's Minister for Economic Affairs.

Of course, BMW isn't the only automaker to produce an electrified truck. Back in the day, auto exec Bob Lutz backed VIA Motors, maker of extended-range electric trucks with GM bodies. Walmart even got in on the action by making a concept truck with a microturbine hybrid powertrain.

Source: BMW

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