Volvo has delivered three heavy-duty line-haul electric trucks to Danfoss to operate in fixed routes between its sites in Denmark. One of the trucks will operate 24 hours a day, five days per week, without significant charging downtime.
Customised superchargers will be utilised to rapidly charge the truck’s battery during offloading and onloading at each stop – usually around 15 minutes. The trucks are charged by charging infrastructure from the Danish company GodEnergi.
Danfoss’ Indian subsidiary recently, on the sidelines of the G20 Meet and Clean Energy Ministerial events in Goa, India announced to collaborate under a national task force that will stimulate the development of the e-freight market in India under the Zero Emission Vehicles Emerging Markets Initiative (ZEV-EMI) initiative and the Indian Government’s Electric Freight Accelerator for Sustainable Transport (E-FAST) platform– led by NITI Aayog and supported by World Resources Institute (WRI) India.
Currently, for the Danfoss’ India operations, its less-container loads are moved through alternate fuel freight and have e-vehicles for in-campus goods and select route freight and employee commutation.
The delivery of the three e-trucks is part of a larger partnership between Volvo Trucks and Danfoss, focusing on pioneering sustainable electric transport operations. Nine fully electric Volvo trucks are set to be in operation before 2024.
With this transformation, Danfoss will be the first company in Denmark to have a 24-hour truck in operation. When fully implemented, the e-trucks will reduce Danfoss’ scope 1 and 2 emissions in Denmark by 10-15% with the added benefit of next to zero noise and air pollution, thereby ensuring a drastically improved working climate for drivers.
Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss India Region, said that introducing electric trucks at its HQ in Denmark is a huge step forward for achieving clean transport goals. Similarly, the company’s India operations are gradually taking concrete actions by embracing alternate fuel options for road freight.
Torben Christensen, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of Global Services, Danfoss, stated that the shift to electric vehicles is part of the company's commitment to become carbon neutral in scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030. These new Volvo e-trucks add extra speed to the decarbonisation of its operations.
Joakim Nilsson, Business Development Manager – Zero Emission, Volvo, said that Danfoss is a supplier of critical components in electric trucks, and it’s fantastic to see them walking the talk and transforming their whole fleet to electric.