Trailer Dynamics and Duvenbeck are successfully joining forces to decarbonise heavy goods traffic on roads
Herne, Eschweiler, 22 August 2023 – The logistics specialist, Duvenbeck, and the technology innovator, Trailer Dynamics, have taken a major step towards enabling more sustainable goods traffic on roads. The diesel-powered tractor unit required more than 45 percent less fuel on a
journey of 325 kilometres during a field test when used in combination with an eTrailer. In addition to the benefit of having lower operating costs, this represents a further milestone in reducing CO2 emissions when transporting goods.
“The test has demonstrated that the eTrailer technology not only helps reduce operating costs, but it can also make a significant contribution to greater sustainability in the logistics sector. Climate-friendly transport logistics is the goal of all those involved,” says Jörg Witt, the Head of Group Sales Duvenbeck Group, summarising the results.
The eTrailer, a product that Trailer Dynamics has been developing for many years, is equipped with an electrically-power middle axle and it was used in conjunction with a diesel-powered tractor unit during the field test. It took place in conjunction with Volkswagen Konzernlogistik GmbH & Co. OHG on a journey heading to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg. Duvenbeck needed to transport 11.9 tonnes of vehicle parts from its business site in Herne to Lower Saxony.
Bernd Reining, the Fleet Manager at Duvenbeck, has played a major role in this project through his extensive practical expertise and his profound understanding of the specific needs of an automobile logistics company.
By fitting an additional, functionally reliable, electric powertrain in the eTrailer, it is possible to achieve significant reductions in the consumption of diesel fuel and CO2 emissions in the diesel tractor unit and noteworthy increases in the battery electric vehicle’s range (BEV).
Photo (from left to right): Timo Schieb (Concept Planning for Transport Networks Inbound Volkswagen
Konzernlogistik GmbH & Co. OHG), Abdullah Jaber (CEO of Trailer Dynamics GmbH ), Simon Motter (CEO of
Volkswagen Konzernlogistik GmbH & Co. OHG), Dr Ansgar Hermes (Head of Transport Networks Volkswagen
Konzernlogistik GmbH & Co. OHG), Michael W. Nimtsch (CFO of Trailer Dynamics GmbH ), Jörg Witt (Head of
Group Sales Duvenbeck Group), Bernd Reining (Head of Vehicle Fleet Manager / Head of Strategic Purchasing
Duvenbeck Group) (Credit: Duvenbeck)
The Duvenbeck corporate group is a logistics firm that operates on the international stage and offers the complete range of services. Duvenbeck is one of the leading logistics companies in Europe with more than 6,500 employees working at over 36 business sites in eight different countries.
One primary focus of our work involves transporting goods using green logistics solutions. We not only view this as an obligation to protect the environment, but it primarily opens up an opportunity to offer our customers multiple benefits within their networks too. By optimising our supply chains in advance, reducing empty runs and negative effects on the environment, we are not only able to enhance climate protection, but also save costs and improve the efficiency of our processes.
We know that sustainability is a long-term undertaking and we are therefore doing everything possible to continually improve our operations. We are working closely with our customers in this regard to develop tailor-made, sustainable solutions and minimise the ecological footprint of our transport and logistics services.
About Trailer Dynamics:
Trailer Dynamics, working closely with its strategic partner, Krone, has developed a comprehensive and hitherto unique solution to reduce diesel fuel consumption for long-distance diesel trucks or to enhance the range of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by fitting an additional, functionally reliable electric powertrain in its eTrailers.
An electric powertrain, which has been moved to the trailer, forms the heart of this new development and it enables operators to couple the eTrailer to any tractor unit. The intelligent, electric powertrain on Trailer Dynamics’ eTrailers supports the diesel-powered tractor unit
throughout the journey, both when starting up and when coping with inclines. The electric powertrain is also able to recover energy through recuperation. If not all the electric resources are required for the tasks mentioned here, the electric drive system uses its remaining energy to
permanently support the tractor unit’s diesel engine throughout the journey.
It is possible to achieve significant reductions in CO2 emissions in the diesel tractor unit by using the electric supporting powertrain in the eTrailer, regardless of the weight of the cargo or the topography of the route.
Contact details for Duvenbeck:
Sabine Dieks (Marketing)
Phone: +49 2871 2192136