Schmitz Cargobull has won a sustainability awards from a German specialist automotive publisher for its EcoDuo transport concept.
Expert judges from the Huss-Verlag publishing house recognised the company in the Concept and Initiative category.
The EcoDuo is two standard semi-trailers, connected by a dolly and towed by a tractor unit.
Andreas Schmitz, Chairman of the Board of Schmitz Cargobull AG, said, “We see the EcoDuo as a long-term ecologically and economically efficient transport solution throughout Europe, which is why we are advocating the use of this concept for motorway trunking.
“The combination of existing standard trailers ensures flexible use in hub-to-hub transport outside urban areas.”
The total towing weight of the semitrailer tractor and first trailer remains at 40 tonnes, while the towing weight of the second trailer can vary, e.g. up to 36 tonnes, which currently complies with the regulations in Scandinavia. This vehicle combination is also being tested in Spain with a train weight of 40 tonnes on the first trailer and 30 tonnes on the second trailer.
Schmitz continued, “The EcoDuo combination is one of the few concepts that reduces CO2 emissions by up to 25 percent and at the same time reduces costs for the state, consumers and the economy. We are convinced of this concept because it does not require any additional purchases for the haulier and they can fall back on their current fleet.”