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Electric long haulage truck scheduled for regular traffic

Logistics giant DB Schenker continues its journey towards electrified transport. Now the company will test a Scania battery-electric truck with a range of 300 kilometres for regular long-haulage traffic.

European logistics company DB Schenker is to start operating Scania’s electric heavy truck in regular scheduled traffic between Jönköping and Södertälje in Sweden, a distance of 300 kilometres on one charge. 


Replacing a long-haulage diesel truck, the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) from Scania will transport goods between DB Schenker’s terminals in Jönköping and Södertälje during evenings and nights. During the day it will distribute goods to the transport company’s customers at each location.


Charging of the vehicle will take place on-site at DB Schenker’s terminals, using ABB E-mobility’s high-power charger.


“For DB Schenker, the aim is to test and gain experience with all-electric heavy vehicles in long-distance scheduled traffic. Electrification plays a decisive role in our transition to fossil-free transport and since heavy traffic accounts for the largest emissions, it is incredibly important,” says Anna Hagberg, Head of Network & Linehaul at DB Schenker.

Able to drive 64 tonnes gross train weight for 300 kilome­tres

The truck has an installed battery capacity of 728 kWh. The vehicle has been equipped with extra batteries to be able to operate without recharging with 64 tonnes gross tonne weight and 24 metre length for approximately 300 kilometres in Nordic conditions.


“The vehicle is Scania’s first long-distance battery electric vehicle with this capacity. I am very pleased that we are now starting our first customer tests,” says David Gotthardsson, Solution Concept Leader at Scania.

Stakeholders have joined hands to accelerate electrification

The long-haulage test is part of E-Charge, a Swedish research project that gathers 14 stakeholders to develop, test and demonstrate battery-electric long-haul truck transport and to accelerate the development towards more sustainable transport.


“The E-Charge project gives us a unique opportunity to collaborate with other stakeholders, to test and learn together. Together with DB Schenker, we are now testing solutions in real operations,” says Tony Sandberg, Vice President, Scania Pilot Partner.


Anna Hagberg says it will be extremely exciting and interesting to learn from the pilot project.


“In addition to the fact that we will make a large CO2 saving, it will be exciting to see how the driver’s everyday life changes,” she says.

E-Charge project in brief

E-Charge is a Swedish research project where 14 leading parties in sectors such as vehicle manufacturing, academia, logistics, energy and fuel supply work together to accelerate the development of electric transport.


“The close cooperation within E-Charge between different actors means that we can push forward with more precision in the transition. Together, we create a clearer picture, at system level, of how scalable solutions for the electrification of long-distance, heavy truck transport can actually look. It is of course positive for participating parties but also for the development of the freight transport system in general,” says Gunnar Ohlin, project manager for E-Charge at Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg.


Participants in the project include: Scania; DB Schenker; the universities in Linköping, Lund and Uppsala, as well as Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg; ABB; fuel chains Circle K and OKQ8; the ICA grocery chain; Tommy Nordbergh transport company; energy supplier Vattenfall; and AB Volvo. The project is led by Lindholmen Science Park and financed by FFI Research and Innovation.

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