Work, Technology and Participation

Electrification of long haul heavy-duty commercial vehicles with automated battery swapping stations (eHaul)

Description of the project

Long-distance road freight transport contributes significantly to the CO2 emissions in the transport sector and is also the fastest growing segment. Against this background, CO2 saving measures have a particularly large absolute effect, due to the high mileage of individual vehicles even with low penetration of the vehicle fleet. eHaul starts here with the development and implementation of a battery replacement concept for the development of long distances with 40t electric trucks and energy services in the power grid. The project partners from logistics, energy supply, hardware and software system integration, vehicle technology and science are developing a fully automatic switching concept, electrifying a route network in the Berlin/Brandenburg area and up to Dresden and integrating all functions and interfaces in one system solution. In addition to the provision of the proof-of-concept for long-distance electric transport, a business model for the operation of the switching stations including the provision of network services is being developed. Due to this dual-use approach for the batteries, the high, scalable station utilization, the high mileage in freight transport and the technical maturity and economies of scale for components for electromobility (especially the battery), the battery replacement approach already has the potential to be technically market-ready by 2025 and operated economically based on the total costs. This sets the concept apart from all alternative zero-emission concepts for long-distance freight transport on the road. ArTe is responsible for the following tasks in this project:

  1. Comparison with the use of conventional vehicles
  2. Comparison with the use of alternative emission-free technologies
  3. Ecological analysis of the entire system
  4. Economic Analysis / Market Research Report
  5. List of critical points from an acceptance point of view
  6. Increased acceptance, increased stakeholder participation

Project team

Dr. Hamid Mostofi

funded by

Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK)

Project duration: 10/2020 - 09/2023

Project partner

Technische Universität Berlin (Konsortialführung)

Robert Bosch GmbH

Unitax Pharmalogistik GmbH

Urban Energy GmbH

Reinert Logistics GmbH & Co KG

IBAR Systemtechnik GmbH

Fraunhofer IVI


Consortium partner:

E.DIS Netz GmbH

Wirtschaftsförderung Brandenbung WFBB

Greiwing Truck and Trailer GmbH & Co. KG

Durot Electric GmbH


Berliner Agentur für Elektromobilität eMO

adesso SE

MR Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH



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