Global building materials supplier CEMEX is further developing its global pilot of electric, zero-emission concrete mixers. Tests of these vehicles were carried out in Poland, following initial trials in Germany and France, among others.
CEMEX was one of the first in the building materials industry to complete a large-scale, multi-country pilot using fully electric ready-mix concrete trucks. The European aspect of the pilot was organised in Germany, France and Poland, testing the Putzmeister iONTRON e-Mixer. This prototype vehicle is powered solely by electricity so the manufacturer provided a mobile charging station for use during the trials, thanks to which the concrete mixer can be charged overnight from 20 to 100% in eight hours. The tests were successful in all the countries mentioned.
Craig Hooper, mobile equipment fleet & category manager – Europe at CEMEX, said: “Transport is one of the key areas where CEMEX is striving to reduce carbon emissions. Our company is constantly looking for new, more environmentally friendly transport solutions, hence the decision to conduct extensive pilot studies to verify the possibilities offered by electric concrete mixers. The positive results of the trials in Europe now allow us to think positively about the potential implementation of these vehicles, which will bring CEMEX closer to achieving its climate goals.”
In 2021 CEMEX joined the First Movers Coalition. As part of this, the company has committed to accelerate innovation and development of decarbonisation technologies in heavy road transport services. The planned investment in zero-emission vehicles will contribute to the fulfilment of these commitments and is another step in the implementation of CEMEX’s Future in Action strategy towards being a net zero company.