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Continental plays part in world record

Covering a total of 1,099 kilometres, the private express and package service provider, DPD Switzerland, the e-truck brand, Futuricum and premium tyre manufacturer, Continental have secured the Guinness World Record title for the longest distance covered by an electric truck without a charging stop.

In order to achieve the record, the partners used an e-truck that has already been in operation in delivery traffic for six months, proving that sustainable, energy-efficient and cost-efficient electric mobility in the transportation industry is not a mobility concept of tomorrow, but already a reality on European roads today.

The record was set by a Futuricum truck, which has been in use for DPD Switzerland in regional traffic.

“For DPD Switzerland, we have converted a Volvo FH to an electric drive. The 19-ton truck now has over 680 hp and, with a capacity of 680 kilowatt hours, the largest truck battery in Europe on board,” explains Adrian Melliger, CEO of Designwerk Products AG, the company behind the Futuricum brand.

In addition, the three partners opted for the Continental EfficientPro tyres, which are designed for particularly low rolling resistance.

“The upturn in electric mobility has put an even greater focus on the importance of particularly rolling resistance optimised tyres,” says Hinnerk Kaiser, head of product development truck tyres EMEA of Continental.

“Our tyres enable high mileage and extremely low rolling resistance and thus offers the essential characteristics for the economical operation of electrically powered commercial vehicles. The EfficientPro is a tried-and-tested model that has been specially developed for long-distance transportation and focuses on range and low rolling resistance.”

The partners chose the best record conditions on the 2.8-kilometre-long, high-speed oval test track at the Contidrom, Continental’s in-house test centre, near Hanover, Germany.

In total, two drivers completed 392 laps in shifts of 4.5 hours each, at an average speed of 50 km/h, which is a realistic average value for everyday use.

Initially, the weather conditions were not ideal with 14 degrees outside temperature and only around 23 degrees ground temperature, in addition, the wind blew at an average of 18 km/h with gusts of up to 40 km/h.

Nevertheless, after just under 23 hours, the partners were able to declare the Guinness World Record title of the longest distance covered by an electric truck without a charging stop with 1,099 kilometres driven.