HAVI, a logistics company based in Sweden, recently partnered with Scania, KTH, EU, McDonald’s, and the city of Stockholm to test the potential for overnight deliveries using Scania hybrid trucks that run on electricity and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). The truck, which offers reduced carbon dioxide and particulate matter emissions, “can drive in silent electric mode for up to 10 kilometres,” according to Scania, which means it can overcome noise level restrictions and operate on “practically empty streets at night.”
“HAVI is a global logistics provider to McDonald’s worldwide, and in Sweden the two businesses have been working together since 1989. We are very proud to be part of leading efforts to tackle real issues facing people living in the city,” says Camilla Eklöf, quality, safety, and environmental manager for HAVI. “These trucks drive quietly and are emission-free in these sensitive urban areas. At the same time, however, they are still capable of driving longer distances. Our global partnership with Scania and McDonald’s is really making a difference to the environment as we work together to minimize emissions.”
Aside from the hybrid engine, a major technology driving this project forward is geofencing. Geofencing uses technology to create virtual zones that decide how a truck should behave. For example, the hybrid Scania truck can run on HVO while traveling in less populated areas, but once it gets close enough to the city centre, the system will automatically kick the vehicle over to all-electric power to further reduce noise and emissions. There is also an easily accessible charging station located near a restaurant that receives deliveries from HAVI, which means the truck can charge during downtime, such as when loading and unloading, to keep the battery topped off throughout the entire process.
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