PEM Presents E-Trucks at International ADAC Truck Grand Prix

  The audience looks at an eletcric truck prototype with battery and fuel cells Copyright: © PEM RWTH Aachen University | Patrizia Cacciotti

The chair "Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components" (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University has presented various electric truck prototypes at the industry fair of the "International ADAC Truck Grand Prix 2023" at Nurburgring. As one of 60 exhibitors, in the "Innovation Camp" the RWTH facility presented an e-truck with a battery and a fuel cell system from the "SeLv" research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport. Furthermore, the PEM team showed an electric truck with a pantograph as well as a mobile fuel cell test bench from other current research projects.

  PEM's e-truck prototypes and a mobile fuel cell test bench at the Truck Grand Prix Copyright: © PEM RWTH Aachen University | Patrizia Cacciotti

Questions about concrete feasibility

On four consecutive days, several hundred international interested parties from different sectors had come to the PEM booth to find out about new technologies for commercial vehicles – from OEMs to suppliers, from freight forwarders to fleet operators, from freight transport to motor sports. "Many questions revolved around the concrete feasibility of our solutions," says Fabian Schmitt, head of PEM's "Zero Emission Trucks" division. The first prototype from the "SeLv" project, for example, has now had its fuel cells and the corresponding tank system installed. Further modifications should mean that the second prototype can already achieve a range of 1,000 kilometers. "Some of the questions that both truck drivers and manufacturers have asked us will be incorporated into our projects," says PEM Director Professor Achim Kampker. The vehicles are all being developed with the goal of being officially tested and approved for road use.

Capacity configurable according to demand

In the "SeLv" project, PEM is developing a modular powertrain for heavy-duty commercial vehicles based on the traction battery and fuel cell system components, the capacity of which can be configured as needed. The focus is on industrializing the production processes for the powertrain to retrofit existing vehicles and equip new trucks in order to achieve considerable cost advantages in manufacturing. "SeLv" is being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport as part of the Mobility and Fuel Strategy (MKS) with around 16.9 million euros until the end of 2024. Coordinator is NOW GmbH.

Further information on the project is provided here and on the official website.