Scania’s new battery electric truck enables Swedish circular economy initiative  

A new heavy Scania battery-electric truck, capable of handling loads up to 64 tonnes, enables two Swedish companies to meet their sustainability ambitions.

Forming part of the Pilot Series, designed to test the feasibility of battery electric vehicles in heavy and extreme situations, Scania is working with recycling and environmental specialists Ragn-Sells and machinery service company Foria.

Transition to emission-free transport

Designed to operate on the roads in Mälardalen, northwest of Stockholm, this collaboration is part of Sweden’s REEL (Regional Electrified Logistics) initiative, where leading companies and organisations accelerate the transition to electrified emission-free transport.

Fredrik Allard, Head of Power Solutions at Scania, said: ‘Our new electric truck will be a part of a transport solution that enables a circular system. 

‘Now Foria can transport fly ashes from the thermal power station in Mälardalen to Ragn-Sells’ new facilities where valuable salts can be recycled and reused without any emissions from the truck.’

Foria will be responsible for the truck operations, where it will transport fly ashes for recycling at Ragn-Sells’ new Ash2Salt-facility at Högbytorp, northwest of Stockholm.

The battery electric truck is already moving waste products from the thermal power station in Mälardalen to Högbytorp for storage until the new facility is up and running. 

Reducing dependency on fossil fuels

Tove Winiger, Sustainability Manager at Foria, said: ‘This electric truck is a big step and vital if we change to electricity and our dependency on fossil fuels.

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

Once the new facility has opened, the electric truck will work two shifts to decrease the number of internal combustion vehicles operating at the facility.

 The truck will be fast charged when loading and un-loading via two 160kW chargers supplied by technology company ABBTo to avoid costly stops. The company will implement the same set-up at the thermal power station in the future.

Erik Wastesson, Project Manager at Ragn-Sells, said: ‘What we do with fly ash is one of the most significant investments within circular recycling of materials in Sweden. 

‘We are happy that the collaboration with Scania and Foria enables electrified fossil-free fly ash transport to and from our facility.’

This initiative is led by CLOSER, the Swedish platform for transport efficiency, supported by the Fordonsstrategisk Forskning och Innovation (FFI) programme, designed to help the Swedish market transition to electric freight transport.