Talking about sustainability, Schmitz Cargobull‘s EcoGeneration curtainsider semi-trailers have been nominated for the German Sustainability Prize Design 2022, and are now firm finalists. The German Sustainability Prize Design 2022 recognises the best design solutions from all areas of day-to-day life. Here, the product’s physical design is not the only factor; it is more about developing any feasible product, system or service with the aim of making the biggest positive impact on sustainability.
Schmitz Cargobull’s EcoGeneration: ‘Rethinking sustainability’
The EcoGeneration vehicle concept was introduced by Schmitz Cargobull at the beginning of 2021 with the motto ‘Rethinking sustainability’. The downwards sloping body of the aerodynamic S.CS curtainsider semi-trailer available in three different versions (EcoFIX, EcoFLEX and EcoVARIOS) drastically reduces air resistance, resulting in fuel savings of more than 10 percent, according to the company.
In just a few short steps, the full height of the cargo area in the EcoFLEX and EcoVARIOS models can be used by raising the roof at the back. This concept offers huge potential savings, particularly for heavy transport jobs that do not require the full height of the cargo area. All of this without significantly changing the trailer functions, transport performance and the familiar handling.
As a further proof of Schmitz Cargobull’s effort towards more sustainable solutions, the German company is currently starting deliveries of the very first fully electric S.KOe reefer semi-trailer. The latter is equipped with an electrified Schmitz Cargobull trailer axle which, among other things, recuperates energy during braking processes and thus reduces the charging times of the battery via the power supply network.