Swedish metals producer Boliden expects transport contractor Renfors Akeri to take delivery of a Scania 74-tonne electric road truck next quarter, with a company manager describing it as a step towards full electrification of “all trucks that transport our ore and concentrate”.
“This is really a preparatory measure,” said Boliden program manager electrification, Jonas Ranggard.
“You could say that we are paving the way for the electrification of all trucks that transport our ore and concentrate.
“To try an electrified solution for very heavy vehicles at an early stage and contribute to the development and transition to sustainable solutions are very much in line with our agenda.”
Boliden, a significant zinc and copper producer, is targeting a 40% reduction in its CO2 emissions by 2030.
Fredrik Allard, head of e-mobility at Scania, said it was important that “infrastructure keeps up” to allow more vehicle operators to move to electrification.
“The development is rapid,” he said.
“It is … valuable to work on this kind of concept for heavy electrified operations with players such as Boliden, that wants to push development, not least in the environmental area,” Allard said.