Danish retail company, Coop, is to deploy a battery electric Scania truck in its city distribution operations.

The Scania truck, with an estimated range of up to 140km, is planned to go into Coop’s operations in the first quarter of 2021.

The range can be extended with fast charging opportunities, for example while loading or unloading goods.

“The green transition in the transport sector is going too slowly,” said Coop Danmark logistics director, Nicolaj Boysen.

“We have therefore chosen to take the lead ourselves to boost development and show it is feasible.” 

A prerequisite for well-to-wheel emission free operations is electricity is sourced from non-fossil energy, which is broadly available in Denmark. 

“Scania continues to invest in and develop electrified solutions and we are beginning to reach the tipping point where electrified solutions for heavy commercial transport is a sound stand-alone investment for our customers,” added Scania Denmark sales director, Anton Freiesleben.

“Coop’s sustainability aims match ours and we look forward to close cooperation as we together take these steps in electrification.”

Scania’s official launch of its battery electric trucks will take place later in 2020.

The company already produces battery electric buses and hybrid electric trucks and buses in addition to its range of vehicles that run on renewable biofuels.