Scania builds 15 electric rubbish trucks for Copenhagen

In Denmark, the City of Copenhagen has ordered 15 electric refuse collection trucks from the manufacturer Scania. The order is part of the city’s plan to achieve climate neutrality by 2025 and, as part of this, to procure at least 100 all-electric refuse collection vehicles by 2025.

The first all-electric refuse collection vehicles are scheduled to enter service in Copenhagen from next year. The electric trucks ordered from Scania for this purpose are based on the Swedish company’s BEV heavy-duty model launched in November 2020 – namely the Scania 25 L variant with 230 kW continuous and 295 kW peak power.

The fleet transition is accompanied by a new contractor for waste collection in Copenhagen. The company Amager Resource Center (ARC) will take over the operation and collection of household waste in Copenhagen and gradually integrate the all-electric refuse vehicles into the fleet.

The vehicles will be charged both once during the day via fast charging between operating shifts and in a slower charging process at night at the depot. “The trucks are only one part of the transition because it is also about new locations and about the charging infrastructure, which is a huge project in itself,” said Per Fischer, Contract Manager at ARC. For the residents of Copenhagen, he said, the use of electric vehicles will be noticeable in terms of less air and noise pollution.

Scania doesn’t just offer bodies for refuse collection for its battery truck. The vehicle is based on a modular system, according to the manufacturer, and is available with L- and P-series cabs. Reefer boxes, dump trucks and concrete mixers are also available as bodies, as are special bodies for fire and rescue services.

Scania currently estimates that electrified vehicles will account for around ten per cent of the Group’s vehicle sales in Europe in 2025. By 2030, the share is already expected to increase to up to 50 per cent. Accordingly, the Swedish company is working on model diversity. In the coming period, Scania plans to launch at least one electrically powered bus or truck every year.

In Copenhagen, meanwhile, parallel electrification efforts are being made in many cases to achieve the goal of climate neutrality by 2025. Since last year, for example, only electric city buses have been purchased. The capital is in good company here: Last year, Denmark’s six largest municipalities committed to procuring only electric vehicles for public transport.


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