Two Swiss companies are to cooperate on heavy-duty electric transport: electric truck manufacturer E-Force One will equip its electric trucks with lithium-ion batteries from ecovolta. E-Force One will present the new EF18 SZM semitrailer at the upcoming Smarter E Europe 2019 (15 to 17 May).
The EF18 SZM is equipped with permanent magnet synchronous motors capable of outputs of either 440 kW or 550 kW of power, with a battery capacity between 105 kWh and 630 kWh. This combination makes it possible for the electric trucks to reach speeds of up to 85 km/h and climb inclines of up to 16 per cent.
E-Force One AG works with a concept of individually modifying each electric truck according to the distance it has to travel, the type of charging technology it has to use, and the type of route it takes. This means that each semi-trailer can be outfitted with different battery sizes according to the trip profile in question, as well as a choice of two different varieties of drive mechanism. The individual components are assembled into a singular package for each vehicle.
The combination of lower emissions and noise levels has made electric trucks increasingly favourable in urban and regional goods transport. On their cooperation and its advantages, CEO of ecovolta Pirmin Reichmuth points out, “Commercial electric vehicles often have typical trip profiles for which their drivetrains and batteries can be optimised. One given type of vehicle may, therefore, require a different battery than its twin. Manufacturers who would like to optimally customise their products to users’ needs typically require modular battery solutions. At the same time, batteries still need to reach a level of standardisation which maintains efficient product development and production.”