Contract awarded to SBRS
Press Release 08 Feb 2023
Contargo builds up the biggest private charging network for trucks in Germany
At the end of January, Rhenus Trucking GmbH & Co. KG awarded the biggest single contract so far for a private charging infrastructure in Germany to SBRS GmbH. SBRS is one of the leading suppliers of technology for electric charging infrastructures for road vehicles. In the course of this year, SBRS will install 33 loading points at 14 locations of Contargo in Germany. These will enable the trimodal container transport service provider to expand its fleet from the present count of seven e-trucks to 33 over the next few months.
“This is a milestone for our enterprise on the way to decarbonisation by 2045, says Jürgen Albersmann, Managing Director of Contargo GmbH & Co. KG. “Building up a high-performance, future-oriented charging infrastructure is a prerequisite for comprehensive use of e-trucks in the local transport of containers.”
Charging point at 14 locations in Germany
In June 2022, Contargo and Rhenus Trucking received notification of funding under the KsNI support programme for 28 battery-driven 44-tonners plus the relevant infrastructure. Rhenus Trucking has ordered the vehicles, and as service provider will deliver them progressively to its customer and sister company Contargo in the course of 2023. Parallel to this, SBRS will install a total of 33 charging points, each with an output of 250 kW, at Contargo’s locations in Duisburg, Voerde-Emmelsum, Emmerich, Frankfurt-Ost, Industriepark Frankfurt-Höchst, Gustavsburg, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Koblenz, Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, Neuss, Weil am Rhein and Wörth.
“With such a powerful infrastructure, we can use the e-trucks with the same flexibility as diesels. At the same time, we offer our truck drivers a future-safe job – and a low-noise work environment”, says Michael Starke, Managing Director of Rhenus Trucking.
Andreas Stahl, Managing Director SBRS, comments: “After successfully initiating the transformation in public transport, we are now realising what is – for us, too – our biggest infrastructure project for e-trucks, together with Contargo.“ Stephan Nahmer, also Managing Director of SBRS, adds: “Sustainability is close to our hearts, and is anchored in our enterprise’s DNA. Thus intensively reducing emissions in the transport sector is a significant step. Our high-performance charging system can fully charge the e-trucks within two hours if required.”
24 hour operation is possible
Michael Kleifges, Managing Director, Duisburg Intermodal Terminal, says: “This will even enable us to operate the e-trucks 24 hours out of 24. We can also increase their range by short intermediate charging, which is essential for our flexibility.”
At Contargo the aim is to drive 1.5 million kilometres per year with these e-trucks: “In this way we will save almost 1,500 tonnes of CO2e annually, already reducing our total footprint by one percent”, says Kristiane Schmidt, Sustainable Solutions Contargo. “Thus by ramping-up e-mobility we are offering all our customers the possibility of massively reducing their emissions.”
The procurement of the 28 e-trucks and the relevant infrastructure is subsidised by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport under the funding guidelines for the purchase of commercial vehicles with alternative climate-friendly drivetrains and the deployment of refuelling and charging infrastructure (KsNI). The funding guidelines are coordinated by NOW GmbH, (National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology). Applications are approved by the Federal Logistics and Mobility Office (BALM).
With an annual transport volume of 2.1 million TEU, Contargo is one of the largest container logistics networks in Europe. Contargo integrates container transport between the western seaports, the German North Sea ports and the European hinterland. Contargo has 24 container terminals at its disposal in Germany, France and Switzerland and additional locations in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland. The enterprise also operates its own barge and rail lines. In 2021 the workforce of 1,200 employees achieved a turnover of 566 million Euro.
SBRS GmbH– a member of the Shell Group – is your partner for Green Sustainability and offers its customers from municipalities, transport operators and private companies reliable charging infrastructure for their electrically powered fleets. In addition to the acquisition of the corresponding vehicles, appropriate charging capacities are ultimately decisive for the success of the project. The range of services offered by SBRS includes solutions for e-buses, e-trucks, e-boats and the corresponding software tools.