Thursday, April 18, 2024

Futuricum e-truck set a world record for driving 683 miles on a single charge

The electric truck manufacturer Futuricum, together with its partners DPD Switzerland and Continental, set a new Guinness World Record with Europe’s most powerful electric truck for the longest distance covered by an electric truck without a recharging stop. The 19-ton electric truck reached a total of 1,099 kilometers in 23 hours – that’s just under 683 miles.

The record was set on the high-speed oval at the Contidrom, Continental’s in-house test center, near Hanover. In total, two drivers completed 392 laps on the 2.8-kilometer route 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° C (57° F) outside temperature and only around 23° C (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 declare the Guinness World Records title of the longest distance covered by an electric truck without a charging stop with 1,099 kilometers driven.

The 19-ton truck is based on a Volvo FH and, after being converted by Futuricum, has over 680 hp and, with a capacity of 680 kWh, the largest truck battery in Europe on board.

The three partners opted for the Continental EfficientPro tires, which are designed for particularly low rolling resistance. “The upturn in electric mobility has put an even greater focus on the importance, particularly rolling optimized resistance tires,” says Hinnerk Kaiser, Head of Product Development Truck Tires EMEA of Continental. “Our tires enable high mileage and extremely low rolling resistance and thus offer the essential characteristics for the economical operation of electrically powered commercial vehicles. The EfficientPro is a tried-and-tested model that has been developed especially for long-distance transportation and focuses on the range and low rolling resistance.

With this record, the partners have set a joint signal for a future with sustainable drive systems in delivery traffic and demonstrated the suitability of today’s technologies for everyday use.