The world’s first electric timber truck has been delivered to Sweden, and it can haul 80 tons: Scania AB, a commercial vehicle manufacturer, has delivered its first electric lumber truck to SCA, the largest private forest owner in Europe. The firms are dubbing this delivery a “world’s first,” but it is actually only a milestone for Scania AB. The fully electric forest truck, which can haul an astounding 80 tonnes of wood, is Sweden’s next step in achieving its goal of becoming a society that is completely independent of fossil fuels.
Scania AB is a commercial vehicle manufacturer with over 110 years of experience. The company’s headquarters are located in Sodertalje, Sweden. It is currently a subsidiary of Traton Group, which is itself a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen Group is the parent company.
Despite its long history, Scania is just beginning to enter the commercial electric vehicle (EV) space. The company just recently introduced its regional long-haul electric truck, which will be available in Europe as both a rigid truck and a tractor-trailer. Despite its long history, Scania is just beginning to enter the commercial electric vehicle (EV) space. The newest model from Scania is an all-electric truck, bus, powertrain, and charging system, and it joins a growing roster of such vehicles. Additionally, the corporation has provided a road map for its electrification efforts through the year 2030.
Scania has, as of late, been collaborating with Svenska Cellulosa AB, also known as SCA, a Swedish firm that works in the forest industry, in order to develop and deploy zero-emissions transport to its timber transportation routes. Now that the first electric timber truck has been shipped to Sweden, the SCA will put it through its paces over the summer months of testing.
The SCA is now testing a future transportation mode using an electric lumber truck.
In a recent press release, SCA announced the arrival of Scania’s electric timber truck and outlined what the company plans to do with it as it prepares for a future of transport with zero emissions throughout its 2.6 million hectares of forest in Northern Sweden. This information was included in the release.
According to SCA, it has already eliminated the use of fossil fuels in 96 percent of its operations. In collaboration with Scania, it has created a heavy-duty electric lumber truck in order to eliminate carbon emissions from its most challenging transport segment, which is heavy-duty hauls. Fredrik Allard, head of Scania’s E-mobility division, made the following remarks during the handover of the first truck:
The electric timber truck that can haul 80 tonnes of wood demonstrates that even extremely large transport may be electrified. The collaboration with SCA is an early demonstration of what is feasible, and it sends a loud and clear message that it is possible to electrify even heavy transportation. A shift in strategy is required in order to liberate Sweden from its reliance on fossil fuels on time and remain in compliance with the Paris Agreement. Something that’s pretty cool can be represented with a symbol like an electric lumber truck. There has been considerable speculation that the transport of lumber cannot be electrified at any time in the foreseeable future. The growth that has taken place over the past few years, as well as what we are currently showing along with SCA, demonstrates how quickly advancements are being made in the areas of cars and batteries.
It is anticipated that the new truck would transport timber along the route between SCA’s timber terminal in Gimonas and the paper mill in Obbola, which is located outside of Ume. The new truck has the capacity to handle a total weight of 64 tonnes on public highways and 80 toes on private routes. But before that, the SCA will spend the entire summer putting the electric lumber truck through its paces.
According to SCA, the research institute Skogforsk will conduct continuous studies of the summer testing. They will collect important data in order to establish comparisons with conventional diesel-powered timber transporters. When mapping out what will be required to achieve widespread implementation of electric lumber trucks across Sweden, the data will contain data on energy consumption, productivity, and costs that are comparable to those of existing vehicles.
It is anticipated that the Scania truck will be integrated into SCA’s everyday operations after testing is complete. Additional information offered by SCA includes the following:
- SCA will be able to cut its annual carbon emissions by around 55,000 kg thanks to its first electric truck, which will drive between Gimonas and Ebola.
- Monday through Friday, the truck will make a total of six rounds every day between the SCA’s Gimonas wood terminal and the Obbola paper plant. 7:00AM – 5:00PM – 30 km (~18.6 mi) roundtrip
- Estimated 75 minutes per trip (includes both loading and unloading)
- At the Obbola paper factory, an ABB charger with a capacity of 180 kW will be used to refuel the truck.
Watch this video from SCA, which was published in January of this year, to learn more about how the company collaborated with Scania on the construction of an electric lumber truck: