New Länder joins the German project of longer vehicles
The German project of testing the use of longer trucks – up to 25.25 meters (EMS length), has this fall added two states in Germany. Both Baden-Württemberg and Nordrhein-Westphalen have joined the project. This is a further step in the right direction for Germany to transfer some of the goods transport from smaller to larger vehicles. This project has been pushed forward by the transport industry in Germany, with support from the existing government which regularly underlines its support for longer trucks.
The project started the 1st of January 2014 and lasts until the end of 2016. This project is tested on 90 different distances, in 12 states, with 45 companies and in total 119 trucks. The association for manufacturers of cars and trucks in Germany (Verband der Automobilindustirie) announces on its web-side that the results from this project so far confirm the positive expectations and underscore that long trucks are safe, environmentally friendly and economic when used in road transport. One long truck replaces on average 1.56 conventional truck journeys in the field trial. This means that two long trucks replace three conventional truck/trailer units. The field trial demonstrates that using long trucks can achieve cost savings of about 25 percent per transported ton or per transport unit. The CO2 emissions decrease in proportion to the reduction in fuel consumption.
The Nordic countreis are pioneers when it comes to EMS trucks and the results from Germany confirm the Nordic experience. The Swedish Association of Road Transport Companies states, that because of the reduction in the number of trucks, there are 42 meters less of the road occupied by trucks. In total the EMS Module truck makes transport of goods on the roads more environmentally, economically and safe on the roads.