Krone and Trailer Dynamics GmbH team up to produce electrified trailer
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Trailer Dynamics GmbH and trailer manufacturer Krone have announced a strategic partnership aimed at the development of an electrified trailer that would significantly reduce diesel and CO2 emissions.
The prototype of the eMega Liner was presented for the first time during the Krone Executive Logistics Summit last month. During the first test runs, which were accompanied by SGS TÜV Saar GmbH, the eMega Liner was already able to achieve the targeted diesel and CO2 emission reductions of up to 20%.
The key element in the design is a powerful e-axle that drives the semi-trailer and also recovers braking energy through recuperation. The battery energy carried in the eTrailer is sufficient especially for long distances over 500 km. If the charging infrastructure on the planned route is not sufficient, an on-board charger will be available to bridge the gap. Another highlight of the Trailer Dynamics development is the intelligent control software, which optimally uses and distributes the battery-electric energy over the entire route.
Thereby, the functionally reliable real-time control of the system is independent of the manufacturer of the semi-trailer. Overall, the semi-trailer system becomes an electric plug-in hybrid through the intelligent combination of eTrailer and diesel truck.
Commenting on the new trailer design, Michael W. Nimtsch, Founder and Managing Director of Trailer Dynamics, says:
“With Trailer Dynamics’ eTrailer technology, we are able to significantly reduce the diesel consumption and CO2 emissions of a semi-trailer and make a substantial contribution to climate neutrality. Since the eTrailer from Trailer Dynamics can be combined with any semi-trailer regardless of the manufacturer, we can bring the approximately two million diesel semi-trailers in the European fleet closer to low-emission Green Logistics. In addition, our range extender technology in the eTrailer achieves a range increase of BEV semi-trailers, enabling fully electrified freight heavy haulage on long distances over 500 km.”