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Porsche Is Increasingly Focusing on Alternative Drives in Its Transport Logistics

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Porsche is pushing ahead with the roll-out of alternative drives in its transport logistics fleet. Together with its logistics partners, the sports car manufacturer is using six new electric HGVs (heavy good vehicle) at its Zuffenhausen, Weissach and Leipzig sites.

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These vehicles transport production materials around the plants, working alongside an existing fleet of 22 biogas-fueled HGVs. Another electric HGV delivers new vehicles to Switzerland from the Zuffenhausen plant.

In addition, the company is testing the use of synthetic fuels (HVO100) in a multi-year trial under the scientific supervision of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). For this purpose, twelve HGVs from the existing fleet will be used around the Zuffenhausen plant—but now they will be powered by re-fuels.

HGVs powered by biogas (CNG and LNG) have been used, among others, at Porsche for a long time. These will now be supplemented by the new electric HGVs in the standard processes. Logistics partners Keller Group, Müller – Die lila Logistik and Elflein have also committed to operating the electric HGVs using green electricity. This also applies to the new electric HGV used by the logistics company Galliker to deliver new vehicles to the Swiss market from the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen.

In addition to the expansion of the electric HGV fleet, Porsche has also been trialling the use of synthetic diesel fuels (HVO100) in its existing HGV fleet since 2020. The four-year pilot scheme is being conducted in cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Müller – Die lila Logistik.

The logistics company is utili ing twelve HGVs as part of the project. NESTE’s HVO100 fuel consists of residual and waste materials and meets the current requirements of the Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II).

In practical use, the fuel has so far proven to be very impressive, Porsche said. No disadvantages have been identified compared to conventional diesel fuel—neither in terms of fuel consumption nor regarding engine reliability.

To date, more than one million kilometers have been driven as part of the project; according to certified measurements by KIT, this has saved more than 800 tons of CO2. The lorries operate a shuttle service in the greater Stuttgart area. To ensure that meaningful results could be drawn when comparing the data, the test trucks—which are series-production vehicles without any modifications—have been used in parallel with diesel-powered HGVs on identical routes.

Source from Green Car Congress

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