ABB to electrify supermarket deliveries with high power charging roll out

May 11, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
ABB has teamed up with Norway’s largest grocery wholesaler ASKO, and its owner NorgesGruppen, to supply high power charging infrastructure for its growing fleet of electric trucks.
ABB has teamed up with Norway’s largest grocery wholesaler ASKO, and its owner NorgesGruppen, to supply high power charging infrastructure for its growing fleet of electric trucks.

ABB will supply charging infrastructure for battery-electric trucks at distribution centres throughout the country. The first ABB HVC 150C 150 kW DC fast chargers are already in operation at ASKO’s distribution centre in Oslo. Initially, they are charging two battery electric Scania trucks which have a payload of around 10 metric tons and a range of up to 120 km, but ASKO has ordered a total of 55 more Scania trucks.

The company was also the first in Norway to order 10 Tesla Semi trucks, which will have a payload of 36 tonnes and range up to 800km. ABB hasn't commented on whether it will supply the chargers for the Tesla trucks.

In comparison, ASKO currently has 600 traditional trucks on the road each day and has a goal to achieve zero emissions distribution of groceries by 2026. 

“ASKO has an ambition to be sustainable and climate neutral. This means that we shall focus on energy-efficiency measures and, not least, renewable resources,” said Svein Sollie, Transport Director at ASKO. “Our ambition requires large investments, especially in energy and transport. ASKO will be in the driver's seat in these areas and we must dare to invest – and we must be willing to pay beyond what is the requirement for a normal business return."

ASKO has been a pioneer in zero-emission trucks in Norway. It started in Oslo in 2016 with a rebuilt truck from the Netherlands with a payload of five and a half metric tons. At the beginning of 2020, they put into operation four hydrogen-powered Scania trucks in Trondheim with a gross weight of 26 metric tons and a range of 500 km. “We focus on solutions that take into account other activities such as charging electric pallet trucks, refrigeration systems and solar cells at the distribution centres in order to avoid power peaks, prediction of charging needs and optimization of the charging processes, for example in connection with loading of goods,” said Marius Aarset, Chief Technical Officer


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