09.01.2020 – In a lighthouse project, Designwerk Technologies GmbH ( meanwhile AG) began building fully electric 26-tonne refuse trucks three years ago. The result, achieved jointly with the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and industry partners, is now being awarded the “Watt d’Or” energy prize in the category “Energy-efficient mobility”.
Designwerk completed its lighthouse project supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy at the end of December 2019. The partnership-based project aimed to build economical, ecological and powerful 26-tonne electric trucks for waste disposal logistics and to gain knowledge about their use.
The electrification of recycling logistics is beneficial
The project scope included the development and delivery of four vehicles for collection services in the cities of Thun, Murten, Lausanne and Neuchâtel. These were tested in daily collection operations and continuously improved. In stop-and-go operation, the e-trucks of the type Collect 26E of the own brand Futuricum bring the drive power directly and almost noiselessly onto the road thanks to linear torque. The recuperation of braking energy ensures high drive efficiency. The elimination of fossil fuels and the heavy goods vehicle tax results in significantly lower operating costs, which means that the higher purchase costs of the vehicles can be amortised. In addition, the Futuricum vehicles do not cause any local pollutant emissions.
Continuation of Futuricum secured and rewarded
Even after the completion of the project, the vehicles are still in daily use and enjoy a high level of acceptance by the companies and the population. The continuation of the project and the resulting findings are thus secured in the long term. The Futuricum Collect 26E and other models are now being mass-produced by the company’s own production company, Designwerk Products AG, which has been supported by the investor CAT Growth AG since January 2019. Now the corresponding commitment of the company, employees and partners is being honoured with the “Watt d’Or 2020” energy award. The award is given by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy for best performance in the energy sector and is of national significance.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers, partners, supporters and companions for their sustained and successful cooperation:
Swiss Federal Office of Energy (BFE) | Volvo Group (Switzerland) AG | Contena Ochsner AG | Haldimann AG | Svedel S.A. | Ville de Lausanne | Civil Engineering Office of the City of Thun | Interstate University of Applied Sciences Buchs | Student Impact | Dipl. Arch. ETH, EMBA HSG Martin Meier