CEVA Logistics, ENGIE and SANEF to partner on European electric truck terminal network
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CEVA Logistics, ENGIE and SANEF have announced the launch of the European Clean Transport Network Alliance (ECTN Alliance), which envisions building and operating a network of truck terminals with low-carbon energy solutions to transport merchandise along Europe’s motorways.
In a press release accompanying the announcement, the parties said that the disruptive system will be tailored to electric trucks’ limited range and charging requirements.
“Long term, the terminal network will be open to all shippers and carriers, offering simple access to low-carbon biogas, hydrogen and electric energy solutions for charging and refueling trucks. Strategically placed on European motorways, the network will include a specific IT solution to enable transport companies to plan their routes and charging schedules in the fastest and most carbon-efficient way,” say the three entities.
In addition, the concept aims at improving working conditions for long-haul truck drivers by allowing them to remain closer to their homes, as they will be swapping trailers at each terminal before turning back.
ECTN argues that its solution will ultimately make the trucking industry more attractive and help alleviate the European truck driver crisis.
The Alliance will conduct a proof of concept (POC) in 2023 between the Lille and Avignon metropolitan areas in France to demonstrate the feasibility of the concept before deploying it on a European scale.
The two-year proof of concept will start in 2023 to demonstrate the ECTN model’s effects on long-distance road haulage. A dedicated fleet of 20 low-carbon tractor units (a mix of biogas, electric and green hydrogen) will transport 20 trailers each day between the north and southeast of France, relaying and changing trailers at five test sites located at existing CEVA Logistics locations.
Local carriers will carry out the pre- and post-carriage transport to and from the test sites. The POC is expected to provide a rich database for an in-depth understanding of low-carbon truck use for long-distance haulage and options for decarbonizing road freight transport in Europe.
Luc Nadal, Regional Managing Director for Europe, CEVA Logistics, said:
“ECTN Alliance members strongly believe that private–public alliances have a key role to play in accelerating climate solutions. The ECTN Alliance is based on a pioneering, holistic approach to decarbonizing long-haul trucking. We are proud to launch this bold initiative with best-in-class companies, whose combined expertise will contribute to the success of the project.”
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