In a world where environmental protection and sustainability are increasingly important, electric vehicles are no longer a trend but a necessity. Especially in the transport sector, they play a crucial role in reducing emissions and transitioning to a greener future. DB SCHENKER is therefore continuing to drive forward the use of fully electric trucks and is the first company in Sweden to start testing the R 450e electric truck from Scania in regular long-distance transport. The approximately 300-kilometer drive from Jönköping to Södertälje takes around three hours.

For DB SCHENKER, the purpose is to test and gain experience of fully electric heavy vehicles in long-distance regular traffic. The electrification of heavy vehicles plays a crucial role in our transition to carbon-neutral transport and, since heavy traffic accounts for the largest emissions for us, it is incredibly important.

Anna Hagberg,
Head of Network & Scheduled Services at DB SCHENKER

Scania R 450e e-Truck: A revolution on wheels

The seven batteries in Scania’s R 450e have a capacity of 728 kilowatt hours. The number of batteries has been increased so that this vehicle, with a gross vehicle weight of 64 metric tons and a length of 24 meters, would be able to cover approximately 300 kilometers without intermediate charging in sometimes unpredictable Nordic weather conditions. The R 450e e-Truck is the first battery-electric long-haul truck from Scania with this driving range. The truck is charged with ABB E-mobile’s high-power chargers at DB SCHENKER terminals.

As part of the E-Charge project, the fully electric truck will replace a diesel-powered truck. The truck will transport goods between the terminals in Jönköping and Södertälje in the evening and at night and distribute them to customers during the day.

The E-Charge project

The E-Charge project brings together fourteen partners from the fields of vehicle construction, science, logistics, electricity, and fuel to jointly develop and test battery-electric long-distance transportation. Cross-sector cooperation and development is of particular importance to this project. The aim is to conduct research in virtually all areas related to the challenges this initiative would present – from the energy consumption of the vehicles to the dimensioning of the chargers and charging stations and the impact on the power grid to the effects on transportation and logistics.

Published: May 2024