Scania enables completely electrified 64-tonne chilled food transport

Sweden's Axfood’s support company Dagab has expanded its daily food transport fleet with electric vehicles. Currently, Dagab uses both all-electric and hybrid HGVs in Stockholm. In addition to these, a 64-tonne electric truck for goods transport will be used in the Gothenburg region.

Scania enables completely electrified 64-tonne chilled food transport
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Scania and Dagab have a close partnership that goes back several years, with the aim to develop a fleet that can be run fossil-free. Dagab was a pioneer in Sweden in 2021, to use a heavy electric Scania truck in their operations.

Now, this partnership has been extended; a 64-tonne electric truck for food transport – the first of its kind – is being put into operation in Gothenburg. The new electric truck shows how Scania delivers smart technology for chilled and frozen electrified food transport.

Charging infrastructure is a vital component for heavy transports, and also within this area, Scania and Dagab have a strong partnership. Their new truck will be charged with green electricity.

By planning and fast charging, the aim for this truck is to operate more than the company’s other vehicles during at least two shifts daily, and deliver with great quality, availability and efficiency. This means a significant decrease in climate- and environmental impact, on a route 300-450 km per day. With a third shift, the impact on climate will be even less.

“The transition to electrification is complex. The technology and the electric vehicles are there, but it will take larger and faster measures to develop smart city solutions in charging infrastructure for real. At Scania, we push to enable more companies to do what Dagab is doing,” says Fredrik Allard, Head of E-mobility, Scania.

Heavy electric transports and transports of chilled foods are a challenge when it comes to technology since it takes compatible interfaces between power outlets for temperature control and a smart integration to minimise the energy consumption for both truck and trailer. The vehicle, therefore, has stronger components than the electric vehicles Scania now has in series production to be able to handle the demanding operations.

The electric truck will start to run from autumn 2022.

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