A successful trial of an electric truck in a heavy-duty shuttle scenario has taken place in Poland.

Rohlig SUUS Logistics conducted the two-week pilot of the eActros 300, with the electric vehicle covering over 2,200 km and transporting Żywiec Zdrój spring water between factories and customer warehouses located in the Silesian Voivodeship.

Rohlig said the trial confirmed the potential for effective utilisation of electric vehicles in heavy-duty shuttle transport.

Fabian Szmurło, domestic FTL product director at Rohlig SUUS Logistics, said: “The collaboration model, based on regular shuttle connections between the production plant and the warehouse, is currently the most effective solution enabling the use of electric vehicles in heavy transport.

“This is the first step towards electrifying the industry.”

Piotr Winiarski, fleet development manager at the company, added: “The pilot allowed us to verify the effectiveness of using an electric truck for heavy transportation.

“By selecting appropriate transport solutions for this vehicle, including trailers with increased load capacity and considering its range limitations, we achieved this goal.

“Over two weeks, the vehicle covered over 2,200 km, transporting loads sometimes reaching 25.5 tons.

“On average, the vehicle consumed about 107 kWh per 100 km, and its use on this route resulted in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 3.9 tons.”