ABB charging stations are scattered all across the world. There are a lot of them in the US, Europe, China, India, everywhere. Norway knows a thing or two about charging stations. After all, plug-in vehicles have a 70% to 75% share of all vehicle sales these days. The deal this story is about definitely deserves its own spotlight, though.
ASKO, the largest grocery retailer in Norway, has chosen ABB to hook up its electric delivery trucks with the power cables they need to recharge on a daily basis.
At the moment, ASKO sends out 600 electric trucks to drop tons upon tons of food around Norway. However, this partnership is just launching, with ABB ultrafast chargers (150 kW ABB HVC 150C chargers) being used by two Scania electric trucks in Oslo. The trucks have a payload of 10 metric tons each and a range rating of 120 km. Presuming things go well with these first two vehicles, expect the number of trucks to jack up sharply. The company plans to get 55 of those Scania electric trucks in total.
“ABB was chosen as the supplier for truck charging due to its global expertise, breadth of user cases and technical solutions,” Svein Sollie, Transport Director at ASKO, said.
In addition to the Scania electric trucks, ASKO placed an early order for 10 Tesla Semi trucks. Additionally, the plan is to be fully electrified by 2026. So, unless the company plans to shrink (highly unlikely), it will need the hundreds of trucks it uses every day to be electric soon. That will require a lot more electric truck orders and a lot more EV charging stations.
“ASKO’s major focus on zero-emission vehicles is the most ambitious heavy vehicle fleet Norway has seen. As a global leader in e-mobility solutions, we look forward to contributing our experiences, services and charging solutions in pursuit of a more sustainable transport future,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions.
Marius Aarset, Chief Technical Officer at ASKO, added: “We focus on solutions that take into account other activities such as charging electric pallet trucks, refrigeration systems and solar cells at the distribution centers in order to avoid power peaks, prediction of charging needs and optimization of the charging processes, for example in connection with loading of goods.”
ABB has sold more than 14,000 ABB DC fast chargers in more than 80 countries since it entered this industry a decade ago, in 2010. Not too shabby.
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