Contargo builds up the biggest private charging network for trucks in Germany  

At the end of January, Rhenus Trucking GmbH & Co. KG awarded the biggest single contract for private charging infrastructure in Germany to SBRS GmbH. 

Contargo announces its biggest private charging network for trucks in Germany

SBRS is a supplier of technology for electric charging infrastructures for road vehicles. In this year, SBRS will install 33 loading points at 14 locations of Contargo in Germany. These will enable the trimodal container transport service provider to expand its fleet from seven e-trucks to 33 over the next few months.  

“This is a milestone for our enterprise on the way to decarbonisation by 2045, says Jürgen Albersmann, managing director of Contargo GmbH & Co. KG.  

“Building up a high-performance, future-oriented charging infrastructure is a prerequisite for comprehensive use of e-trucks in the local transport of containers.”  

Charging points at 14 locations in Germany 

In June 2022, Contargo and Rhenus Trucking received notification of funding under the KsNI support programme for 28 battery-driven 44-tonners plus the relevant infrastructure. Rhenus Trucking has ordered the vehicles and, as a service provider, will deliver them progressively to its customer and sister company Contargo in 2023.  

Parallel to this, SBRS will install a total of 33 charging points, each with an output of 250 kW, at Contargo’s locations in Duisburg, Voerde-Emmel-sum, Emmerich, Frankfurt-Ost, Industrie park Frankfurt-Höchst, Gustavsburg, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Koblenz, Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, Neuss, Weil am Rhein and Wörth. 

“With such a powerful infrastructure, we can use the e-trucks with the same flexibility as diesels. At the same time, we offer our truck drivers future-safe job – and a low-noise work environment”, says Michael Starke, managing director of Rhenus Trucking. 

Contargo announces its biggest private charging network for trucks in Germany
Contargo announces its biggest private charging network for trucks in Germany 

Andreas Stahl, managing director SBRS, said: “After successfully initiating the transformation in public transport, we are now realising what is – for us, too – our biggest infrastructure project for e-trucks, together with Contargo.“  

Stephan Nahmer, also managing director of SBRS, adds: “Sustainability is close to our hearts, and is anchored in our enterprise’s DNA. Thus intensively reducing emissions in the transport sector is a significant step. Our high-performance charging system can fully charge the e-trucks within two hours if required.”  

24-hour operation is possible 

Michael Kleifges, managing director, Duisburg Intermodal Terminal, said: “This will even enable us to operate the e-trucks 24 hours out of 24. We can also increase their range by short intermediate charging, which is essential for our flexibility.”  

At Contargo the aim is to drive 1.5 million kilometres per year with these e-trucks: “In this way, we will save almost 1,500 tonnes of CO2e annually, already reducing our total footprint by one percent”, says Kristiane Schmidt, Sustainable Solutions Contargo.  

“Thus by ramping-up e-mobility we are offering all our customers the possibility of massively reducing their emissions.”  

The Federal Ministry subsidises the procurement of the 28 e-trucks and the relevant infrastructure for Digital and Transport under the funding guidelines for purchasing commercial vehicles with alternative climate-friendly drivetrains and deploying refuelling and charging infrastructure (KsNI).