To achieve the goal of having a fossil-free vehicle fleet by 2030, big steps need to be taken to get there. Many customers, but also the businesses themselves, demand to be fossil-free as early as 2025. Until today, renewable fuels have largely been one of the few solutions to achieve the goal of a transition to climate neutrality, but now the state and a number of leading industrial companies large on electrification of heavy transports. One of the participants is Tempcon’s subsidiary Tommy Nordbergh Åkeri.
The transition to an electrified freight transport system is an important step among several others towards a sustainable society. The state and industry are now joining forces with just over SEK 400 million to support the two projects Reel and E-Charge. The investment takes place via the Vehicle Strategic Research and Innovation program, in Swedish Fordonsstrategisk forskning och innovation (FFI).
– The investment accelerates the transition to sustainable road transport and reduces emissions immediately. A gratifying receipt that shows the importance of collaboration and the automotive industry’s role for socially beneficial solutions, says Malin Persson, Chairman of the Board of FFI.
Tommy Nordbergh Åkeri will be part of the E-Charge project. The project will develop battery-electric prototype prototype cars that can handle the really long-distance transports, ie daily driving distances longer than 500 km. The vehicles are then tested in a couple of large logistics flows between our largest cities and are charged with high-power charging in connection with the driver’s rest periods. The project combines development work in several thematic areas with research at an integrated system level to build knowledge and understanding of how electrification of long-distance transport can affect larger systems such as logistics and electrical systems.
– In the project, the largest trucks will be run on electricity, which just a few years ago was basically considered completely impossible. This shows how fast the development is moving towards fossil free transport areas, says the Swedish Energy Agency’s director general Robert Andrén. He also emphasizes that the project will systematically provide useful results for the government’s appointed Electrification Commission. Both projects will start immediately and run until 2024. The projects are important contributions to achieving a national electrified freight transport system.
FACTS ABOUT E-CHARGE
In the E-Charge project, Scania and the Volvo Group collaborate with ABB, Circle K and OKQ8. The project also involves ICA Sverige AB, Tommy Nordbergh Åkeri, Vattenfall and other energy companies and grid owners as well as DB Schenker. The Swedish Electromobility Center (SEC) is an external research partner and Lindholmen Science Park coordinates the project. The FFI program finances with SEK 102 million and the project parties contribute with SEK 113 million. The state authorities The Swedish Energy Agency, the Swedish Transport Administration and Vinnova contribute with financing, business expertise, a system perspective and synchronization of R&D support and infrastructure measures.