Scania has delivered an all-electric truck specially designed for transporting timber to Swedish timber processor SCA, offering a gross vehicle weight of up to 64 tonnes on public roads and up to 80 tonnes on private roads.
The vehicle will transport timber to SCA’s terminal in Gimonäs and the paper mill in Obbola near Umeå. A trial run will initially take place during the summer, during which the Skogforsk Research Institute will collect data to enable comparisons with diesel-powered timber transporters. After that, the electric heavy-duty truck will enter SCA’s regular operations.
The vehicle has been developed by Scania in close cooperation with SCA and the Skogforsk Research Institute. As reported, Scania is also looking beyond the timber transporter for SCA into battery-electric trucks in extra-long and weight classes beyond 60 tonnes: A first example was handed over to the Swedish chemical supplier Wibax this winter.
At the time, Scania told electrive that the vehicle itself weighs 10.8 tonnes – around 1.5 tonnes more than its diesel counterpart. Among other things, this is due to the nine battery packs installed, which have a total energy content of around 300 kWh.
In the case of the timber transporter for SCA, the vehicle is charged with an ABB charger with 180 kW power at the Obbola paper mill. The paper mill has already implemented a “virtually fossil-free production process”, according to the statement, specifically talking about 96 per cent of the production process. The new vehicle is now intended to “reduce the fossil elements in the transport chain of raw material to the mill”.
The vehicle is supposed to make six rounds per day (7 am – 5 pm) between the timber terminal and the paper mill. One round trip is about 30 kilometres long, and SCA has calculated 75 minutes per trip (including loading and unloading). With only one vehicle, 55 tonnes of CO2 are to be saved per year on the route.
“The 80-tonne battery-powered timber truck shows that even really heavy transport can be electrified,” says Fredrik Allard, Head of E-Mobility at Scania. “The partnership with SCA, is a early show of what is possible, is a clear signal that it is possible to electrify even heavy transport. A change of pace is needed to make Sweden fossil-free in time and meet the goal of the Paris Agreement. The development in recent years and what we are now presenting together with SCA shows how fast the development is taking place both in terms of vehicles and batteries.”
With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.
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