Two companies in Sweden are working towards their circular economy goals thanks to an electric truck from Scania. 

The heavy electric vehicle is capable of handling loads of up to 64 tonnes and forms part of a pilot series.

In other words, its operations are designed to test how electric trucks can handle heavy and extreme situations.

Specifically, Scania is working with recycling and environmental specialists Ragn-Sells and machinery service company Foria on the project.

The collaboration is part of Sweden’s REEL (Regional Electrified Logistics) initiative.

Here, organisations accelerate the transition to electrified emission-free transports.

Test miles will predominantly take place on the roads in Mälardalen, northwest of Stockholm. 

Fredrik Allard, head of power solutions, Scania, said the truck would help enable a circular economy for operators. 

“Foria is able to transport fly ashes from the thermal power station in Mälardalen to Ragn-Sells’ new facilities,” he explained. 

“From there, valuable salts can be recycled and reused, without any emissions being generated by the truck.”

The battery electric truck is already in operation, with Scania collecting valuable information about how it operates. 

For example, it is moving waste product from the thermal power station in Mälardalen to Högbytorp for storage. 

Tove Winiger, sustainability manager at Foria, welcomed the news.

“This electric truck is a big step and vital if we are to change to electricity as well as our dependency on fossil fuels.

“The collaboration with Scania and Ragn-Sells enables us to learn and also evaluate future investments in fossil-free technologies.”

Evenetually, the electric truck will work two shifts to decrease the number of internal combustion vehicles operating at the facility.

Furthermore, the truck will be fast charged when loading and un-loading via two 160kW chargers. 

In the future, the same set-up will be installed at the thermal power station.