Porsche starts electrifying its transport logistics

The German sports car manufacturer has recently adopted six Scania electric box trucks to transport production materials around its Zuffenhausen, Weissach, and Leipzich plants. In contrast, an electric heavy truck from Designwerk delivers vehicles to Switzerland. HVO100 synthetic diesel is also being trialed to lower the CO2 emissions of existing diesel trucks.

In addition to electrifying its own model range with cars like the recently facelifted Taycan and the new, all-electric Macan SUV, Porsche is also looking to decarbonize other facets of its production pipeline. The car manufacturer has worked with its logistics suppliers to electrify some of the trucks used around its factories.

A Designwerk electric truck based on a Volvo, but with a custom 1,000 kWh battery, is used by Porsche’s logistics partner to transport vehicles to Switzerland /Porsche

Electric trucks in optimal use cases

Six Scania 25P electric box trucks from transport companies Keller Group, Müller —Die lila Logistik, and Elflein transport production materials around the Zuffenhausen, Weissach, and Leipzich plants, alongside 22 biogas-fuelled trucks.

Galliker Transport & Logistics uses another electric truck from Designwerk, with a custom 1,000 kWh battery, to deliver vehicles from Zuffenhausen to Switzerland. This is a good use case for electric trucks; for vehicle transport, the payload is usually space-limited rather than weight-limited, which means the heavy batteries are less of a problem.

Next to electrification, synthetic HVO100 diesel is also being used to lower CO2 emissions from heavy transport vehicles in Porsche’s production facilities /Porsche

Synthetic fuel pilot project coming to an end

To decarbonize existing diesel trucks, Porsche has been trialing synthetic HVO100 diesel since 2020 in a four-year pilot project. Twelve trucks run Neste’s HVO100 fuel alongside regular diesel trucks. Porsche says no disadvantages have been found compared to regular diesel, with “more than 800 tons of CO2 saved.”

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