Leading commercial vehicles maker Scania announced that it will be supplying 1.6 MW charging equipment and 5 battery-electric trucks to Falkenklev Logistik for Sweden’s largest public site for charging electric trucks. The Swedish logistics company has a visionary plan for a 22-vehicle electric station at a new company depot in Malmo, as per the report.
The station will have the potential to expand charging capacity for up to 40 vehicles simultaneously at the site. Thus, it will become Sweden’s largest commercial vehicle charging station when it commences later this year. This revolutionary project comes into existence with the working together of several companies from the transport and renewable energy sectors.
SKAB will build Falkenklev Logistik’s five Scania 4×2 BEV trucks’ bodies. They will work for the distribution of goods throughout Skane in the south of Sweden. The charging station plan is a crucial step for the hauler’s aim of electrifying its whole fleet.
The charging station will have smart technology systems equipment. These can deliver energy based on the number of vehicles charging at the same time. The charging systems supplied by Finnish manufacturer Kempower have an initial maximum output of 250 kW per vehicle. Also, potential up-gradation to 320 kW per vehicle is possible. There is a big emphasis on future-proofing the station. As newer BEVs with bigger capacity batteries and longer range become available in the future, it is a crucial criterion.
Additionally, to create a state-of-the-art energy station, the hauler has also commissioned Soltech Energy Solutions to build a 1.5-hectare solar park along with a 2 MW battery energy storage system.
But the most important detail of this project is that the hauler has agreed to make the charging station publicly available. So, other vehicles in addition to the hauler’s trucks can use the station to charge. The site can also support the charging of long-haul electric trucks on the way.
Swedish environmental protection agency Naturvårdsverketwin will in part finance half the cost of the project of SEK 18 million (USD 1.92 million) through its climate fund. The remaining cost will be borne by Falkenklev.
Victor Falkenklev, CEO, Falkenklev Logistik said “The charging stations and solar park are an idea I have had for a couple of years. With the need to become more sustainable and the way diesel prices are increasing, it was quite obvious to me that we had to do something, and we are committed to electrifying our fleet. The electricity is being generated by solar power, which makes it 100% renewable. It’s a really proud moment for us.”
While Scania E-mobility head Fredrik Allard’s response was, “This initiative is a perfect example of how new ecosystems and user models are being created to come up with the electric solutions that we urgently need to decarbonize the transport system, to make it sustainable for the long-term.”
There are no mentions of exact details of the model of the truck. Scania has BEV trucks in P and L cab options with various wheel configurations and axle distances on its website. The company has been selling them for a while now. Just the last December, Scania reported delivery of its 64-tonne BEV truck to a chemical supplier company.
As various ecosystems are working together to electrify the CV sector, they will become more affordable in the future. This will reduce the carbon footprint from one of the major contributors of emissions from the transportation sector.