Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Road Freight Group Looks at All Electric Truck Tests in its Haulage Fleet

US Vehicles May Come to Europe
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HUNGARY – US – EUROPE – Waberer's, the Hungarian headquartered road haulage outfit which runs over 4,000 of its own trucks, has been in discussion with Tesla with a view to test that company's much vaunted all electric semi-truck on highways throughout Europe. The talks took place during the freight company's recent tour of the United States in which executives undertook several meetings.

In addition to reviewing the viability of testing the e-trucks Waberer’s representatives also discussed extending the partnership with Amazon and met PACCAR subsidiary DAF’s staff. The Waberer’s leaders became the first from Europe to actually test the new Tesla Semi e-truck whilst meeting at Tesla’s Fremont HQ last week.

As is to be expected with Amazon, the talks there were wide ranging, discussing with vice presidents of the retail group cooperation regarding European cargo delivery and a more efficient use of innovation trends. The agenda also included topics like smart warehousing, self-driving vehicles and alternative engines, digitalisation as well as the benefits of automated systems. A series of talks in Europe for this month was also scheduled.

Waberer’s representatives visited the three top innovation companies as part of a business delegation led by Hungarian Minister of Finance Mihály Varga and included the visit to the PACCAR group where they discussed the testing and introduction of electric and driverless vehicles under development. As the supplier of DAF trucks, PACCAR is a key partner of Waberer’s. Ferenc Lajkó, CEO of Waberer’s, commented:

“We at Waberer’s are committed to continuous innovation and seize every opportunity to participate in our partners’ R&D and innovation programmes. Electric and driverless truck developments may significantly reduce the environmental impact of road transportation and have a favourable effect on the cost side at the same time. We see a great opportunity in developments concerning logistic infrastructure. In fact, we have effectively implemented several digital innovations in our operations.”