Paves the way for electrified regional haul-transport

Volvo Group is developing electric versions of the Volvo heavy-duty truck range in Europe. How will electric vehicles affect the haulier’s daily business? What are the requirements for charging infrastructure? Volvo Group has joined in a unique collaboration to learn more about electric freight transport systems.
Person plugging in charger to charge an electric DHL Volvo Truck

In the collaboration project a number of players including Volvo Group are joining forces to test an electrified freight transport system in two Swedish regions: Mälardalen (Stockholm) and Västra Götaland (Gothenburg). The intent is to pave the way for a large-scale national introduction of electrified heavy-duty transports in Sweden. The project is called Reel (regional electrification) and involves Volvo Group and Scania from the transport industry as well as energy providers, logistics companies and authorities.

Learning more about value-added charging services
At Volvo Group Connected Solutions, a global organization that leads the development of the Volvo Group’s connected services and solutions Marcus Anemo, senior Innovation Manager, is involved in the partnership for development of value added charging services on top of a connected charging infrastructure. Examples of value added services in scope are uptime monitoring and a find-book-pay service for public charging. 

“We will use the arena that Reel provides to pilot innovative charging services co-developed with partners aiming to ultimately make charging less complicated and more effortless for our customers. The pilot will provide valuable customer insights as well as enable us to learn what it takes to commercialize these services going forward.”

Marcus Anemo

Worldwide first pilot test of electric Volvo FH truck
The first phase of the project includes four trucks in total from Volvo and Scania. The first fully electric Volvo FH truck with gross combination weights up to 60 tons operates in regional traffic since March. Volvo Trucks’ customer, logistics company DHL, will use the truck on a 150 km long route between two logistics centers in Sweden; Göteborg and Jönköping. Charging will be done at DHL in Jönköping and Volvo Truck Center in Gothenburg.

The project consortium is also planning and preparing for the second phase of the project, starting in the fourth quarter of 2021 by ramping up with more trucks from Volvo and Scania.

Magnus Broback, Charging Systems Director, Volvo Trucks says about the project: “This is the first time that we operate electric trucks in regional transport as well as in daily distribution routes. We are very happy with this collaboration with DHL, which will give us important insights into how we can use electric trucks in the most efficient way with regards to design and planning of driving and charging.”

About Reel
The Reel initiative brings together truck manufacturers, electricity network companies, energy companies, charging station operators, hauliers, recipients of goods transport and public actors. Together they will test and develop electrification of regional transports with heavy trucks in practice. Reel is partly financed by the Swedish Energy Agency and Vinnova. The participants in Reel are: Chalmers University of Technology, Dagab, DHL, EVBox, Göteborg Energi, Scania, Vattenfall and Volvo Group. The project is led by the collaboration platform CLOSER at Lindholmen Science Park. The project is scheduled to run until end 2021.

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