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Continental tyres for first electric DPD truck in Switzerland

Continental is supplying the tyres for a new Futuricum electric truck based on a Volvo FH, which is being deployed by DPD Switzerland.

Tyres from the Continental Eco product line have been approved for the front, drive and trailer axles of the 19-metric-ton vehicle.

DPD Switzerland opted for the Continental tyres because they combine high mileage and low rolling resistance – both of which are important properties for the cost-efficient operation of electrically driven commercial vehicles.

“For many years now, Continental has been focusing on the development of products that help fleet operators reduce the emissions of commercial vehicles,” explains Continental tyre development expert Andreas Schlenke. “These technologies are now also crucial for increasing the efficiency of electric trucks. We’re delighted to participate in this exciting project with our products.”

The truck tyres are part of the EcoRegional model family. In addition to low rolling resistance and high mileage, they also provide for short braking distances and low rolling noise – also important properties for sustainable transport.

Continental previously presented a prototype tyre for electric trucks at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in 2018. With the Urban HA3, the company also offers a tyre for electric city buses. Last year, a number of tyre tests were carried out jointly with Dutch electric bus manufacturer VDL Bus &Coach on the Contidrom test track.