Launch of Europe's largest programme of heavy-duty electric trucks 


13 december 2018

Venlo (NL) / Duisburg (D) – The INTERREG project 'electric Green Last Mile' (eGLM) is rolling out Europe's first seven fully electric zero emission 44 tonne trucks, including the new standard for ultra-fast charging in heavy transport. Together with the provinces of Limburg (NL) and Nordrhein Westfalen (D), the project team presented the programme, the truck and the charging infrastructure at the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy in Düsseldorf. This afternoon FRAMO unveiled the pre-model of the e-truck with INTERREG chairman Michiel Scheffer and minister Pinkwart of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Michiel Scheffer, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of INTERREG Germany-Netherlands and Commissioner for Economy, Innovation and Europe of the Province of Gelderland: "INTERREG promotes open borders by stimulating Dutch-German innovations. With the eGLM project we are offering a smart and clean solution for the freight transport of the future. Good for the economy, good for the environment”.

Minister Pinkwart: "We want to be a pioneer in electric mobility in North Rhine-Westphalia. The provincial government has taken this theme as a spearhead since its appointment. The location with its optimal transport links to the Netherlands, Belgium and France, as well as its expertise in logistics, creates the ideal environment to actively shape the future of mobility in the heart of Europe. The eGLM project is an example of good cross-border cooperation, which can strengthen the competitiveness of border regions".

Heavy duty trucks
INTERREG’s “electric Green Last Mile” (eGLM) European project focuses on heavy distribution, in short trips of max 150km in the region of the European logistics hotspots Venlo (the Netherlands) and Duisburg (Germany). Clean, quiet and environmentally-friendly transport in real time situations. Throughout the entire project the electric trucks and charging infrastructure will be tested and monitored. This will be done in terms of technology, but also with regard to deployment. This is done in collaboration with Hogeschool Fontys and the FH Aachen. The results will be shared to help accelerate the sustainability of the transport sector. 

Joost van den Akker, Commissioner for Economy and Knowledge Infrastructure of the Province of Limburg: “The trucks and their optimal use are the central focus. This is why a start will be made with the dedicated use of trucks by the project partners, after which the sharing aspect will be developed. The investment costs in electric trucks are still high for companies in 2018. The joint investment in a charging infrastructure is an extra hurdle that eGLM will take away”.

Project partners
By participating in eGLM, transport companies obtain an advantage in the testing and application of electric trucks and new logistics models for an improved occupancy rate. This can decrease the total cost of ownership and increase the occupancy rate. The eGLM project partners are active in the Venlo-Duisburg region: Samskip, Meulenberg, CTV, Köppen, Große Vehne, Smurfit Kappa, BCTN, LIOF and Fier Automotive & Mobility.

The eGLM project is being implemented within the framework of the INTERREG Germany Netherlands programme and is financially supported by the European Union, the province of Limburg and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

In the course of 2019, the e-trucks will be delivered and put into use. They are mainly used for regional transport and will operate in the Venlo-Duisburg region. The ultra-fast charging stations will be located at strategic locations. 

For more information: René Bastiaans,, +31(0)6 2115 3655
[Van Brandt Consultancy is the communication partner in the eGLM project.]

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