Nordic bakery giant Lantmännen Schulstad and Norway-based food retailer Rema 1000 are taking advantage of Scania’s hybrid truck to be able to make deliveries to downtown Copenhagen during the period when deliveries are restricted.
With the hybrid trucks, Lantmännen Schulstad and Rema 1000 can deliver fresh produce each morning before shops open. Earlier, because of traffic and noise restrictions in downtown Copenhagen, they could only deliver after 7 a.m. and not at all on Sundays. An early morning start means quicker deliveries since the trucks can unload ahead of the morning rush hour. Nighttime deliveries also help lower stress levels among drivers, as it means they can avoid tight delivery schedules in heavy traffic.
Due to the noise generated in loading and unloading, several European cities prohibit deliveries in densely populated areas before 7 a.m. With the Scania hybrid truck, the driver can switch to electrical operations for the final leg of the journey and avoid disturbing residents.
With their soundproof boxes the trucks meet the stringent Dutch ‘Piek’ norm of lower noise than 71 decibels. Additionally, drivers are instructed to turn down music and avoid outdoor mobile calls at night. Various equipment such as roll cages have also been specially designed to reduce noise.
Lantmännen Schulstad recently started operating three Scania P 320 hybrid distribution trucks in Copenhagen. It now distributes bread around the clock to supermarkets all over the city without disturbing residents at night. Meanwhile, JH Transport og Logistik has taken delivery of its first hybrid truck for deliveries of temperature-sensitive goods on behalf of REMA 1000 and is awaiting municipal exemption to start out-of-hours deliveries.
Although the hybrid truck is more expensive, Lantmännen Schulstad expects to recover the added expense through an increase in the number of deliveries it can make, as well as the lower fuel consumption that comes from driving at night or in the early morning in less congested traffic.