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DB Schenker makes Swedish history with electric Scania truck

DB Schenker is using its knowledge from a global electrification collaboration to run an electric truck on a long-haul route

Logistics operator DB Schenker has announced it is the first company in Sweden to drive Scania’s R 450e electric truck on a long-haul route.

The first use of the electric truck started with a roughly 300km drive from Jönköping to Södertälje drive over three hours.

While smaller electric trucks are being frequently used on short-haul routes, DB Schenker says zero-emissions commercial vehicles with heavy loads has remained a challenge.

To combat this, the E-Charge project has brought together 14 partners to jointly develop and test battery-electric long-distance transport, with tests being carried in Sweden to adapt to driver rest times.

After three years of preparing and researching as part of the project, DB Schenker is now beginning to test the electric truck in daily long-distance transport operations.

“For DB Schenker, the purpose is to test and gain experience of fully electric heavy vehicles in long-distance regular traffic,” DB Schenker head of network and scheduled services Anna Hagberg says.

“The electrification of heavy vehicles plays a crucial role in our transition to carbon-neutral transport and, since heavy traffic accounts for the largest emissions for us, it is incredibly important.”

As part of the E-Charge project, the electric truck has replaced a diesel-powered truck and will continue to transport goods.

The seven batteries in Scania’s R 450e model have a capacity of 728 kilowatt hours, with the batteries being increased to cover roughly 300kms without intermediate charging in Nordic weather conditions.

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