Norwegian lime producer takes delivery of country’s largest electric truck as part of Pilot Partner programme
SCANIA have delivered Norway’s largest electric truck to the Verdalskalk limestone quarry in Verdal, Norway. With a total weight of 66 tonnes, it will annually transport around 120,000 tonnes of lime from the quarry to the port for shipment. The previous fossil fuel consumption on the route will be cut by 58,800 litres, and CO2 emissions by 156 tonnes.
‘We are very proud to be pioneers in this area,’ said Ketil Aksnes at Verdalskalk. ‘With the new truck in operation, it will also mean less noise for the residents along our 20km transport route.’
The truck, a P 45 with three axles and 300kWh battery capacity, is part of Scania’s Pilot Partner programme – a collaboration with selected customers on electric transport solutions not yet introduced on the market.
‘Scania already have a number of heavy vehicles with different development solutions ongoing, but this is the first one we are putting into operation in Norway,’ said Tony Sandberg, Pilot Partner director at Scania.
The configuration for Verdalskalk is the first delivery in the heaviest of truck segments, with a total weight of 66 tonnes. There are already more than 100 electric Scania trucks on Norwegian roads.
‘Norway is a pioneering country for transport solutions with a focus on reducing climate impact, and I am sure that we will deliver more Pilot Partner vehicles to Norway,’ continued Mr Sandberg.
‘With a long and trusted collaboration with Verdalskalk, it came naturally to contact them to offer an opportunity to test an electric truck for their transport needs. Verdalskalk have always challenged us to find good and alternative solutions, and to reduce emissions has been on the agenda for many years,’ said Rune Wuttudal at Scania in Norway.
The truck will be charged at Verdalskalk’s facility at the port, and it will be maintained at Norsk Scania’s workshop in Verdal, which district manager Annar Indahl is very pleased about. The service technicians have attended a course about the new product, and the necessary equipment is in place, so he feels confident that they will now manage tomorrow’s technology.
‘We are very proud to be given this opportunity, and we look forward to getting started and to gain experience with electric trucks for such heavy transport,’ said Mr Indahl.