In collaboration with Volvo Trucks, Peab’s subsidiary Swerock will begin test driving completely electric transportation solutions for the construction industry. This means that Swerock will run a concrete mixer truck and a hook lift truck in daily operations for 2 years. The trucks have been produced to meet the growing demands for less noise and emissions, particularly in sensitive urban areas. This is a major step in more climate smart transportation.
The concrete mixer electric truck will be based at Kållered’s quarry and, among other things, deliver Swerock’s ECO-Betong to customers in the Gothenburg area while the hook lift truck will do internal transportation around the quarry and to larger infrastructure projects nearby.
“This investment is an important step in achieving climate neutral transportation and is perfectly aligned with our environmental goals. The Peab Group’s goal is to be climate neutral by 2045, which means that we want to generate zero emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Since domestic transportation stands for about a third of the total emissions of greenhouse gases in Sweden, using electric trucks can have a considerable positive effect,” says Elisabet Stadler, Environmental Manager Peab Group.
Using Volvo’s electrical trucks reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 8,000 tonnes annually per truck, calculated on 8,300 Swedish miles driven annually. This is compared to trucks that run on diesel. In addition, electrical trucks do not emit any nitrogen oxides or particles.
“Trucks in the construction segment typically require more power and robustness than many other segments, and electric trucks are no exception,” says Jonas Odermalm, Vice President Electromobility at Volvo Trucks. “Our commercial solutions need to meet the demands for high productivity and uptime, while delivering on the benefits of reduced emissions and less noise that comes with a full electric driveline. Tests and customer collaborations are important to the development process.”
“For our part this is an important step in approaching the trucks of the future and thereby reducing fossil emissions. We already have 15 hybrid trucks and through this project we will now test running completely electrically driven vehicles and when the concrete mixer truck delivers our ECO-Betong to our customers we will reduce climate impact even more,” says Hans Orest, Division Manager Swerock.