Norwegian wholesaler, ASKO is deploying two battery electric Scania distribution trucks for its operations in Oslo.

With the technology currently available, battery electric trucks need to drive shorter distances and be able to recharge. 

In city distribution, this can be done while loading or unloading goods. The two trucks which will go into ASKO's operations have a battery capacity of 165 kWh, giving a range of 120 km and are charged by 130 kW cable charging.

"In the long run, electrification will be key to achieving a sustainable transport system for heavy vehicles as well," said Scania head of sales and marketing, Karin Rådström.

"On the journey, it is as important as ever to work with customer-near development to understand the impact on the customers' full operations, not only making sure that a technical solution works and the electricity that charges the batteries is sourced from renewable energy."

The project received financial backing from Enova, a State enterprise owned by the Ministry of Climate and Environment in Norway.

"Scania has taken an active part in the development of batteries and battery cells, in our own research, through partnerships and with customers," added Rådström. 

"It is an area where we expect significant progress in the next few years, including improvements that will cater for varying transport assignments while keeping the total cost of ownership for our customers in mind."

Scania's approach to electrification involves researching and developing a broad palette of solutions. This includes different kinds of bio-fuelled hybrid-electric technologies, as well as fully electric trucks and buses.

Scania also works with electric vehicles which can be charged in different ways, ranging from plug-in charging, to pantograph-charging standing still or on the move through electrified roads, or charging through hydrogen-powered fuel cells.