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"RobbE" instead of Sprinter

At the end of last year Günter Ramge from the DAW-vehicle fleet handed over a new electric vehicle to the application technology staff of the Dr Robert Murjahn Institute (RMI). It replaced the 13-year-old Mercedes Sprinter 315CDI. Since then, the colleagues have been on the road quietly, sustainably and with pure electricity. The RMI department has christened the VW E-Crafter "RobbE". The name is made up of "Robert" in reference to the Dr. Robert Murjahn Institute and "Electric".


"We check the samples for DAW acoustic and façade systems produced at the Ober-Ramstadt site every day," reports Isabell Schwarz from RMI Application Technology. To ensure fast sample transport, the team makes at least two rounds through the plant every day and collects the materials for application technology tests at the dispersion tank farm and in powder production. "Up to 800 kilos can be loaded. Depending on the season and the load, the vehicle drives around 120 kilometres without 'power filling'," says Schwarz. In contrast to the previous Sprinter, which had a consumption of twelve litres of diesel per 100 kilometres, about 300 litres of fuel and about one tonne of CO2 can be saved per year. In any case, electric vehicles are more climate-friendly than the classic combustion engine. This was also confirmed by a study conducted by the Öko-Institut in Freiburg. The researchers determined the following carbon footprint for around 34,000 purely electric cars and 28,000 hybrid vehicles that travel at least part of the distance with electric drive: if internal combustion engines were used instead of electric drives, annual CO2 emissions would increase by 76,000 tonnes.