Since the beginning of October, two electric trucks are being used at Škoda main Czech plant in Mladá Boleslav. These e-trucks are currently transporting goods within the plant. Equipped with standard semitrailers, they are expected to replace diesel-powered trucks on the respective routes by next May. The next step will involve transporting BEV batteries through the Mladá Boleslav plant on specially made, shortened semitrailers from June 2022. For this purpose, the semitrailers will be equipped with conveyor technology for automatic pallet loading and unloading.
Why Škoda Auto believes in electric trucks
The range of the locally zero-emission trucks is 80 km per charge, and the batteries take 4.5 hours to fully charge. They use around 200 kWh of electricity per 100 km, and by deploying them, Škoda Auto plans to save 60 tonnes of CO2 annually.
«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 trucks. In doing so, we also want to incentivise our local suppliers to do the same. In the medium term, we envisage all components being delivered by truck from the immediate vicinity of our plants to our production lines with zero local emissions», stated Michael Oeljeklaus, Škoda Auto Board Member for Production and Logistics.