DB Schenker is playing its part in transforming the Swedish island of Gotland into a fossil-fuel free zone.

The operator is swapping all five of its Scania distribution trucks to more environmentally friendly solutions.

The sustainability target in the region to become fossil-free is 2040, five years ahead of the national target. 

However, Schenker Åkeri AB, Sweden’s largest haulier, has taken the decision to move as early as possible.

In total, four P25 battery electric trucks and two plug-in hybrids will join the fleet. 

 Viktor Strömblad, head of land at DB Schenker, said experience of running EVs in Sweden helps.

“The next step is to invest in electrified distribution for a whole region – to make a real difference,” he explained. 

“On top of that, we’ll gain valuable knowledge on electrified operations both in urban areas and in rural areas.”

 Meanwhile, Jonas Jävert, head of innovation and purchasing at Schenker Åkeri, was delighted with the new direction. 

“It feels really good to have a fossil-free and almost emission-free distribution service on Gotland. 

Continuing, Jävert commented: “The special thing with this investment is that we are transforming the complete distribution operation at once.”

Scania has many customers who’ve been trialling different heavy-duty battery electric vehicles in different locations. 

In Gotland’s case, the island’s size is favourable for a detailed evaluation of the technology.

Evalena Falck, sales director, strategic account management for Scania, underline the importance of the announcement. 

“What DB Schenker is doing, with the implementation of a fossil-free solution in a unique environment, will teach us a lot. 

“Specifically, about the challenges and possibilities that occur when a complete distribution centre is electrified.” 

Concluding, Falck said: “Going forwards, we see the similar potential for DB Schenker’s international truck fleet.”