Fully electric trucks on the road in Denmark

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Transport – whether driving the car to work, transporting the goods we consume, or off-highway vehicles constructing the city – depends on vast amounts of energy. Transportation accounts for 37% of CO2 emissions from end-use sectors and has the highest reliance on fossil fuels.

The key to decarbonizing transport is electrification of vehicles

The relevance of electrification spans far beyond electrifying passenger cars. According to the International Energy Agency, heavy trucks accounted for 1,776 Mt CO2 in 2020 . The technology for the electrification and decarbonization of buses, trucks, and excavators, as well as marine equipment and vessels such as cranes, straddle carriers, city boats, work boats, and ferries already exists.

Recently it was announced by Danfoss and Volvo, that additional 9 fully electric trucks will be on the road in Denmark. They are some of the world’s first heavy duty line haul electric trucks.

The e-trucks will operate in fixed routes between the Danfoss sites in Denmark, and one of the trucks will operate 24 hours a day, five days per week, without significant charging downtime.

Three e-trucks are already on the road today and is part of a larger partnership between Volvo Trucks and Danfoss, focusing on pioneering sustainable electric transport operations. All nine electric trucks are set to be in operation before 2024. With this transformation, Danfoss will be the first company in Denmark to have a 24-hour truck in operation.

The result

When fully implemented, the e-trucks will reduce Danfoss’ scope 1 and 2 emissions in Denmark by 10-15% with the added benefit of next to zero noise and air pollution, thereby ensuring a drastically improved working climate for drivers.

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