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Silence is golden in Copenhagen

The city of Copenhagen has set the ambitious target of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral capital by 2025. That’s why Danish grocer Netto operates a Scania hybrid P-series truck fuelled by biodiesel.

This unique Scania solution, which brings the twin benefits of lower CO2 emissions and lower noise levels, means that Netto is one of the few companies allowed to make urban deliveries in Copenhagen during night hours, when it would normally be prohibited from operating.

Lars Petersen, CEO for Netto haulier KP Logistik, believes hybrid electric trucks running on biodiesel may be the bridge to eventually operating full electrified fleets in a fossil-free Copenhagen.

“As more and more transport companies invest in this technology, it will also be cheaper and more accessible.”

Lars Petersen

CEO, KP Logistik

early morning and late night deliveries

KP Logistik transports refrigerated and dry foods for Netto supermarkets in Denmark and Germany. With the P-series hybrid electric truck from Scania, they can deliver fresh products late at night and in the early morning, while most of the city’s inhabitants enjoy their rest. 

Previously, because of the traffic and noise restrictions in downtown Copenhagen, Netto could only deliver after 7 a.m. Nowadays, early morning starts mean quicker deliveries, as the Scania hybrid trucks can unload ahead of the morning rush hour. Night-time deliveries also help to lower stress levels among drivers, as it means they can avoid tight delivery schedules in heavy traffic.

HVO the ‘optimal fuel’ for CO2 reduction

Perhaps most importantly, the Scania P-series hybrid electric truck means that Netto can deliver almost noiselessly, without disturbing residents in the city centre.

“We wanted to test this new technology, to learn and see what the costs are compared to traditional distribution vehicles. We know the investment is pretty high at the moment, as there are still not so many of these trucks. The running costs are also higher, because the biofuel, HVO, is still pretty expensive. But to achieve this CO2 reduction of 85 to 87 percent it was necessary to choose HVO as fuel. I think it´s the optimal fuel for this purpose,” explains Petersen.

Although the truck is more expensive, Petersen hopes to recover the added expense through an increase in the number of deliveries, as well as through the lower fuel consumption that comes from driving at night or in the early morning in less congested traffic.

“Of course both we and our client Netto benefit from the lower emissions,” he says. “We really do something good by testing this new technology.”



Hybrid solution offers better mileage too

“We have now tested this Scania hybrid truck for a year, and we can see that the reduction of CO2 promised to us is achievable. The mileage is also better than other, diesel-powered trucks in our fleet. It goes more kilometres per litre. So far it has been a positive experience. And the drivers are very satisfied.”

Looking to the future, Petersen believes urban transport will eventually go electric, though he sees that transformation happening gradually. “We are still far from all-electric trucks. The range is not enough yet, even though I think it will come. The first step will be hybrids, like our Scania, and natural gas. And as more and more transport companies invest in this technology, it will also be cheaper.”