Powering ahead

Nature holds immense levels of energy. And it can be harnessed in a clever way to move goods by road. Transport is provided by powerful vehicles, which work tirelessly day in, day out.

 The number of lorries in Germany in 2017 was 2.9 million vehicles.

 The proportion of German goods transport accounted for by lorries in 2016 was around 72 per cent.

 Volume of goods transport in the next 25 years: Germany +50 %, China and India
+200 %

 Diesel engine - 2.6 million lorries, Petrol - 118,000 lorries

 In 2017 the average age of lorries in Germany was 7.9 years old

 Due to high voltages and electrical currents, lightning can generate power levels of up to 1,000 gigawatts.

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 The energy that shines on earth by the sun each year is 15,000 times greater than global energy consumption.

 At a good 13 per cent and just under 7 per cent respectively, wind power and biomass are the two main sources of renewable energy in Germany’s energy mix, followed by solar and hydroelectric power.

 FROM THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS: The heaviest piece of cargo ever transported by road weighed 4,891 tonnes and was moved on 688 tyres.

 THE LONGEST PARADE OF TRUCKS: Comprised 416 vehicles and took place in 2004 in Dronten in the Netherlands.

 ENERGY FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Energy supplier EnBW plans to have an electric recharging point installed at all of its around 400 service stations by the end of 2017.

Sources: Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, guinessworldrecords, windkraft-journal, bosch-presse, biologie-schule, weltderphysik, Volvo

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