A plug-in hybrid truck has been entered service at Stockholm-based HAVI.
The vehicle comes from Scania and will operate in and around the Swedish city.
In addition, it will take part in trials of other research projects.
As a result, it will operate most hours, both night and day.
HAVI has undertaken night-time deliveries in Stockholm since 2019.
The schedule has resulted in lower a number of harmful emissions.
For example, the amount of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emitted has reduced.
The new truck is an upgraded version from the ones already in use.
Therefore, it now has a hybrid cooling unit that can be powered by electricity.
The cooling unit has its own system – its own battery – to keep it silent.
Deliveries are made even quieter with the use of silent materials in the tail lift and floor.
The hybrid element isn’t the only new appraoach for HAVI.
The introduction of the new truck is the first time it has used a low-entry cab.
Camilla Eklöf, the operator’s Nordic quality and sustainability manager says drivers are keen to try it out.
“The range is much longer with this vehicle [than previous ones]: up to 60km.
“As a result, we will learn from that, and use our findings to optimise electrification.”
Meanwhile, one of the trials mentioned will be HITS, which looks at off-peak deliveries.
“HITS consists of several parts; night-time deliveries and off-peak deliveries among others,” said Eklöf.
“The next step considers deliveries where no one is present, at unmanned restaurants. “How can we handle deliveries when no one is working at the place that needs the goods?”
In addition, the plug-in hybrid truck will also participate in a project about smart urban traffic zones.