Zgraggen and Designwerk introduce first all-electric milk collection vehicle

Designwerk Technologies AG collaborates with Zgraggen Transport AG to unveil Switzerland’s inaugural all-electric milk collection vehicle. The innovative electric truck not only marks a step towards emission-free mobility but also showcases the viability of electric solutions in unique commercial applications.


In a move towards greener transportation solutions, Designwerk Technologies has delivered Switzerland’s first all-electric milk collection vehicle to Zgraggen Transport. The innovative electric truck, named the MID CAB tanker 6x2R 510E, is now operational in the canton of Uri, contributing to local emission reduction and showcasing the potential of low-emission mobility.

Zgraggen Transport’s decision to adopt the electric milk collector is driven by its commitment to environmental sustainability. The switch from diesel to the all-electric vehicle is expected to result in a yearly reduction of approximately 93 tonnes of CO2 emissions. “By using the first electric milk collector in Switzerland, we are setting an example. This allows us to operate locally without emissions and make an important contribution to low-emission mobility,” said Elias Zgraggen, Managing Director of Zgraggen Transport. 

Equipped with a 510kWh battery, the vehicle offers a range of up to 300km. The vehicle’s entire superstructure is also powered by electricity, ensuring an entirely emission-free and almost silent operation. Its continuously variable single-speed transmission, coupled with the recuperation pedal, facilitates efficient manoeuvring in both urban and alpine environments.

Currently in operation for a few weeks, the all-electric milk collector covers around 330km per day, serving milk collection stations and returning to the company site. This translates to an annual mileage of approximately 120,000km. This is the third electric truck introduced by Designwerk for Zgraggen Transport, adding to its existing fleet of two HIGH CAB Semi 6x2T semitrailers, each equipped with a 900kWh battery. The vehicles recharge directly at the company’s Schattdorf site, which generates electricity through an in-house solar power and wood gasification plant.