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Porsche ramps up use of alternative drives in transport logistics

Porsche has announced a multi-pronged approach to reducing emissions from its transport logistics. The strategy includes the deployment of six new electric lorries at its production facilities in Germany, alongside its existing fleet of biogas-powered trucks. The company is also participating in a four-year pilot programme with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to test synthetic fuels.

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Six new electric HGVs are now operational at Porsche’s plants in Zuffenhausen, Weissach, and Leipzig. These zero-emission vehicles transport production materials within the facilities, working alongside a fleet of 22 existing biogas-powered HGVs. Additionally, a dedicated electric HGV delivers new vehicles to Switzerland from the Zuffenhausen plant.

Porsche collaborates with logistics partners like Keller Group, Müller – Die lila Logistik, and Elflein to ensure the electric HGVs operate on green electricity. This commitment to renewable energy sources extends to the new electric HGV used by Galliker for Swiss deliveries.

Since 2020, Porsche has partnered with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and logistics company Müller – Die lila Logistik in a pilot program exploring the use of synthetic diesel fuels (HVO100) in existing HGVs. Twelve trucks from the current fleet are participating in this four-year trial. Initial results show no drawbacks compared to conventional diesel in terms of fuel consumption or engine reliability. Over a million kilometres have been covered using HVO100, resulting in a certified CO2 reduction of more than 800 tons.

Porsche’s commitment to sustainable logistics goes beyond road vehicles: the company utilises rail transport extensively for parts delivery, finished vehicle transportation to seaports, and subsequent exports.