E-FORCE Presents Switzerland’s First All-Electric 18-Ton Truck Powered by Brusa

JUL 30 2013 BY MARK KANE 10


Brusa components in E-FORCE

Swiss company EFORCE ONE, together with Designwerk, developed Switzerland’s first all-electric 18-ton truck.

The vehicle, based on Iveco Stralis, was electrified with through the use of Brusa Elektronik drivetrain component such as motors, inverters, chargers and battery packs.


E-FORCE somewhere in the Alps

In the truck, all of these components come in twos – two motors with total maximum power of 300 kW and 610 Nm of torque, two inverters, two 3-phase 22 kW chargers that cut the full charge time to 6 hours and two 120 kWh li-ion LiFePO4 packs.

Depending on conditions, range is claimed to be around 300 km (186 miles), but that will drop by nearly 50% on the highway.

According to the press release, the E-FORCE truck boasts quicker acceleration and less noise compared to standard trucks.

Next month, the E-FORCE truck will hit the streets for regular service:

“The lead customers will each put one truck into their fleets for evaluation from August 2013. Both COOP – the second largest retailer in Switzerland – and Feldschlösschen – the biggest brewery in Switzerland – are considering adding more electric trucks in the near future”

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10 Comments on "E-FORCE Presents Switzerland’s First All-Electric 18-Ton Truck Powered by Brusa"

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Brusa does notoriously overpriced components so this drivetrain was probably pretty damned expensive.

That’s cool. Add another vehicle that has been electrified. I would like to know what this thing sounds like in person.

If they can get the range up (may be some years), they could design a system so drivers do their 10 hours of driving, then sleep for 8 hours at fast charge station. (I forget the laws for semi-truck drivers, but I know they are only allowed to drive so long before they have to take a break for so many hours).

Well at least they are using stock components….Since this is a commercial vehicle I would assume companies could buy just 1 – 32 amp Menekes charger if a 12 hour recharge time is adequate, as well as only one 150 kw motor if that is also deemed adequate. Brusa’s retail prices are ‘pricey’, but buying only half of them has got to save plenty of money…… It will be interesting to see if they sell like hotcakes, since Diesel is much much more pricey than Electricity in France.

This is really what road transport should be moving towards in the EU. With a maximum of 9 hrs driving a day and with a minimum 45 min break every 4.5 hours electric is quite appealing. 4.5 hours at 50 miles/hr is 225 miles so the battery pack would have to be much bigger than in the current prototype to make them a mass market option. Having said that this truck is probably a good option for a number of different applications already. I think battery swap is probably more interesting than fast charging in the case of trucks as the scale of everything is that much bigger and you very quickly get to a point where fast charging is impractical. A high flow diesel filling pump transfers energy to the truck at around 19 MW, even if the truck was a whole lot more efficient than a regular truck, you charge more regularly and the ‘filling time’ was much longer I still think you are in the 1MW+ for fast charging which just gets crazy when you start to think of 20 or 30 trucks filling up at one station at peak times in a rural area with a… Read more »

Looking at their website: http://www.eforce.ch
The truck has a top speed of about 53 MPH
Range is 186 miles on 240 kWh battery, maybe down to 93 on the highway.
Weight:8 Tonnes empty(17,600 lbs); 18 Tonnes max total(39,600 lbs)
Battery Weight: 2,600 kg(5,720 lbs)
Wow the battery is 32.5% of empty weight of the truck. That is massive.

If hydrogen gets big there then maybe they could use this:
H2 fuel cell
80,000 lbs GVWR(17,000 lbs curb weight)
Up to 400 miles depending on configuration.
Hydrogen isn’t the end-all-be-all, but for large trucks it makes pretty good sense I think.

Or just stick to CNG at that point.

Here’s the natural gas “superhighway” in the US.

Rats… Another “supercharger” this time GAS, has little presence by me. The nearest 2 LNG stations are 300 miles away from each other, so obviously these tracktor trailers have to have huge tanks to avoid being stuck in the middle.

I’m waiting for those $500 hydraulic home refuelers to come out everyone is talking about before I would buy a CNG vehicle. But other than the pump i’m all set since I have Nat Gas in my Garage already for the HOT TUB BOILER.

Hmmm… Know what I see when I look at the natural gas “superhighway”? A potential Hydrogen highway. Put in a drop in natgas steam reformer to make hydrogen for trucks traveling since there is already a site that for sure has natgas for feedstock and electricity for production.

I’m not really for, or against, hydrogen. But I believe that it does have its uses. Fuel cell truck has less moving parts than the CNG/LNG truck that still uses an ICE for moving.

On a side note, notice in the northern part of the map that there are roads for the superhighway, but no stations for a thousand miles almost.