Norwegian wholesaler ASKO is deploying two battery electric Scania distribution trucks in its operations in Oslo, Norway. This pilot marks another milestone in the cooperation regarding electrified solutions for heavy transport between Scania and ASKO.
The results from Scania's hybrid vehicles using electric mode in city centres are positive, so it makes sense to start with fully electric battery-powered trucks in city distribution. With the battery technology that is currently available, battery electric trucks need to drive shorter distances and be able to recharge batteries. In city distribution, this can be done while loading or unloading goods. The two trucks that will go into ASKO's operations have a battery capacity of 165 kWh, giving them a range of 120 km, and are charged by 130 kW cable charging.
"In the long run, electrification will be key to achieving a sustainable transport system for heavy vehicles as well. On the journey, it is as important as ever to work with customer-near development to understand the impact on the customers' full operations, not only making sure that a technical solution works and the electricity that charges the batteries is sourced from renewable energy. That is why we are pleased with yet another important project together with ASKO," says Karin Rådström, Head of Sales and Marketing at Scania.
Scania is continuing to invest in and develop electrified solutions and it will not be very long until we reach a tipping point where electrification for heavy transport will become a sound stand-alone investment for our customers. However, we are not quite there yet. This project received financial backing from Enova, which is a state enterprise owned by the Ministry of Climate and Environment in Norway.
"Scania has taken an active part in the development of batteries and battery cells, in our own research, through partnerships and with customers. It is an area where we expect significant progress in the next few years, including improvements that will cater for varying transport assignments while keeping the total cost of ownership for our customers in mind," says Rådström.
As always, Scania's work is based on a modular approach. In the battery electric trucks deployed in ASKO's operations, the internal combustion engine in the powertrain is replaced by an electric machine, powered by rechargeable batteries.
Scania's approach to electrification involves researching and developing a broad palette of solutions. This includes different kinds of bio-fuelled hybrid-electric technologies, as well as fully electric trucks and buses. Scania also works with electric vehicles that can be charged in different ways, ranging from plug-in charging, to pantograph-charging standing still or on the move through electrified roads, or charging through hydrogen-powered fuel cells.
FACTS ABOUT THE TRUCK:
Gross Vehicle Weight: 27 tonnes
Powertrain: 290 kW electric machine/245 kW continuous output, 2-speed transmission, 2200 Nm peak torque
Energy storage: 165 kWh Li-ion batteries
Charging: Max power 150 kW DC (CCS)
Range: 120 km
Electric PTO: 15 kW
Source: Scania Deploys
Date: Feb 12, 2020