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

Findings from the lighthouse project

  • The four prototypes have an average consumption value of 190 kWh per 100 km in collective operation. This corresponds to a diesel equivalent of 19.6 l/100km (for comparison: the diesel vehicles of the operating companies have an average consumption of 90 l/100km)..
  • The four EWS prototypes have so far been able to save around 1,986 tonnes of CO2 emissions compared to four diesel refuse collection vehicles.
  • In total, the four electric collection vehicles had covered more than 150,000 km by the end of the project.
  • The lighthouse project has shown that there is great potential in the electrification of commercial vehicles, especially for recyclables collection vehicles, but also in other applications such as construction and distribution logistics.

About the Designwerk Gruppe

Designwerk Technologies GmbH, founded in 2007, drives electric-mobility forward with innovative products and projects and aims to promote sustainable mobility. The company acts as a think tank for electromobility and combines engineering performance with industrial design. Its portfolio of more that 100 projects includes a new fully electric model of the classic BMW Isetta, which led to the Microlino project – an 18 ton electric truck – and the co-development of the DXP postal delivery vehicle. The subsidiary Designwerk Products AG emerged from the electric truck manufacturer Futuricum AG, which was founded in 2017. Since 2019, the company has taken over series production of all products of the parent company Designwerk Technologies GmbH and now operates under its name and brand. The company’s production programme includes Futuricum brand electric trucks, mobile rapid chargers, modular battery systems for electric vehicles and airport equipment.