Scania Goes Logging with New 80-ton BEV Truck

Truck maker Scania has created what it claims to be the world’s first BEV timber truck able to haul up to 80 metric tons of lumber.

The vehicle, developed jointly with SCA Europe’s largest private forest owner and maker of sawn wood products, hopes to prove it is possible to drive longer distances with heavy electric transports. Scania’s truck is rated capable of total weights of up to 64 metric tons on public roads and 80 metric tons on private roads.

It will transport timber in the Swedish region of Västerbotten, between SCA’s terminal in Gimonäs and its papermill in Obbola outside Umeå, starting already in 2022. For SCA, which is transporting packaging materials and pulp, electrifying road transport is an important part of work to reduce its environmental impact. Every year, SCA transports about 8.5 million cubic meters of wood to industries, using 265 timber trucks in collaboration with 87 haulage contractors.

Fredrik Allard, head of E-mobility at Scania, said: “The key to reaching zero emissions in transport is electrification and we will get there together with customers and other stakeholders that share our values. Partnerships like this one with SCA, where we are early out and demonstrating what is possible, is a clear sign of a change of pace that is needed for us to be fossil free and deliver on the targets of the Paris agreement. An electric timber truck is a symbol for something pretty cool. Transport of timber specifically has been talked about as something that may never be possible to electrify. The developments of the past few years, together with what we are now presenting with SCA, show just how quickly things are progressing with regards to both vehicles and batteries.”

Hans Djurberg, head of sustainability at SCA, added: “The cooperation with Scania is an important way for us to jointly find innovative solutions for sustainable transport. Electric timber trucks will be a strong contribution to SCA’s work with sustainability, where we are part of the solution for a fossil-free world. By running just one electric truck between Gimonäs and Obbola, we can reduce our carbon emissions by about 55,000kg per year.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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