The Transformers Trailer has been proven to reduce CO2 emissions by 15 per cent compared to a conventional trailer, according to German OEM, Schmitz Cargobull.
“Our participation in the Transformers project is our way of making an important contribution to sustainable CO2 reduction,” said Schmitz Cargobull Head of Sales, Boris Billich.
The OEM said the vehicle was awarded with the European Transport Prize for Sustainability in December 2017.
A team of experts from Schmitz Cargobull reportedly worked with 13 partners from the commercial vehicle industry on an energy-efficient trailer, which can cut CO2 emissions by up to 15 per cent. Funded by the European Commission, the project came to a successful end in August 2017.
“For the base, we use a classic curtain-sider equipped with an electric powertrain and energy recuperation system,” said Schmitz Cargobull Board Member for Research & Development, Roland Klement.
The Transformer Trailer has a built-in battery and electric motor where power is transferred via the gearbox and propshaft down to the drive axle, providing electrical propulsion for ‘hybrid on-demand’ operation. The battery, with a capacity of 22kWh, has been installed between the l-beams to ensure it is protected against impact.
“The electrical system can achieve an output of up to 80 kW and maximum torque of 200 Nm,” said Klement. The hybrid drive reportedly adds an extra 1,140 kg to the total weight.
Schmitz Cargobull has commented on the aerodynamics of semi-trailer’s bulkhead, side and rear cladding design, citing a new fully height-adjustable roof has also been added.
“When we started developing the prototype, we didn’t set out to build a one-off,” said Klement. “Instead we used a standard trailer as our basis along with adapted production components. As a result, it could pass through the standard production process and meet all the requirements for road approval.”