HAVI to use new plug-in hybrid truck from Scania in research
24 AUGUST 2021
Scania recently delivered a plug-in-hybrid truck (PHEV) to HAVI. The truck will run HAVI’s regular operations in Stockholm and its suburbs, but also be a part of trials in a couple of research projects. This means it will operate most hours, both night and day.
HAVI has done night-time deliveries in Stockholm since 2019, resulting in lower emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter. Something that shows the potential for remarkable transport efficiencies and societal benefits of deliveries off-peak.
The new truck is an upgraded version from the ones already in use. This time, it has a hybrid cooling unit that can be powered by electricity. It also has its own system, its own battery, to keep it silent. The deliveries are made even more quiet with the use of silent materials for the tail lift and floor. From a working environment perspective, this is the first time HAVI has tried out a low-entry cab. “This will be evaluated by our drivers,“ says Camilla Eklöf, Nordic Quality & Sustainability Manager at HAVI. “The reach is much longer this time, up to 60 km. We will learn from that, and use our findings to optimise electrification in the city and even further from the centre.“
HITS research project
HITS is off-peak deliveries taken one step further. “For HAVI, this is a great way to continue with the tests we have done earlier.” says Eklöf. Their customers also tend to be more flexible, and are curious about the advantages with electricity. HITS consists of several parts; night-time deliveries and off-peak deliveries among others. The next step considers deliveries where no one is present, at unmanned restaurants. “How can we handle deliveries when no one is working at the place that needs the goods?”
Besides HITS, the truck also participates in a project about smart urban traffic zones, where the city of Stockholm creates an IoT platform to try dynamic geofencing, with sensors at Hornsgatan, one of the capital’s heavily trafficked streets, telling drivers to drive more slowly. Scania is involved and this starts autumn 2021.
HAVI is a global, privately owned company focused on innovating, optimizing and managing the supply chains of leading brands. Founded in 1974, HAVI employs more than 10,000 people and serves customers in more than 100 countries.
HITS – Hållbara & Integrerade urbana TransportSystem (Sustainable & Integrated urban TransportSystem), is a collaboration with the aim to develop efficient transport solutions, resulting in cleaner and safer cities. It’s hosted by Scania, financed by Vinnova and co-ordinated by CLOSER.
The main focus for HITS is areas connected to transport in cities, where todays’ solution is a problem. HITS works for enabling sharing of transport data, but also wants to adapt policy questions with the development of new transport- and vehicle services in mind.
Smart Urban Traffic Zones – a part of a future, flexible city where vehicles move around based on the people’s condition/terms. It aims to be a powerful tool to reach quieter, safer and healthier environments, based on geofencing. The project led by the Swedish Transport Administration and CLOSER, is financed by Vinnova and the partners.
What will the future of transport look like? Scania’s research and development organisation develops products, services and solutions providing optimal levels of quality, efficiency and customer profitability. Innovations are largely focused on low-carbon transport, electrification and autonomous transport solutions.