Port of Gothenburg develops charging infrastructure for electric and hydrogen trucks

2021/08/16 at 10:17 AM

By 2030, the Port of Gothenburg is planning to reduce its carbon emissions by 70 per cent. To this end, the Swedish largest harbour will launch its first facilities to charge electric and hydrogen trucks. The first stations will be put into service starting from 2022.

In the coming years, the Port of Gothenburg will run the first open-access facilities in the Nordic region for charging zero-emission trucks. 11 charging stations will be installed by the fuel company Circle K at the V├Ądermotet site of the port area, alongside the main roads that run into and out of the port. 10 facilities will be dedicated to electric heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). Each of them will have a maximum power capacity at a range of between 350 kilowatts and 1 megawatts. The first charging point in the Port of Gothenburg will be launched in 2022.

As for hydrogen-powered trucks, they will be able to refuel a little bit later, since 2024. Circle K will open one refilling station in the port area. It will capacity for storing 720 kilograms of hydrogen, which is enough to fill up around 15 trucks within 24 hours.

Tranzero Initiative

Both types of refuelling stations are being developed within the Tranzero Initiative, a joint project of the Gothenburg Port Authority, the Volvo Group, Scania and Stena Line. It aimed to reduce the carbon footprint in the port area. Within the initiative, the partners have already analysed the data from one million truck movements in the port area, questioned 1,000 truck drivers and carried out many in-depth interviews with forwarders and hauliers.

“We have highlighted flows that are particularly suited to the transition process. These are mainly the flows that are highly repetitive, involve short distances, and include overnight parking at a depot. By the first half of 2022 we will see electrically powered transport flows in the port area,” said Elvir Dzanic, CEO of the Gothenburg Port Authority.

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