ABB has entered into an agreement with Norway’s largest grocery wholesaler ASKO, and its owner NorgesGruppen, to supply charging infrastructure for its growing fleet of electric trucks. Currently, ASKO has 600 trucks on the road each day and has a goal to achieve zero emissions distribution of groceries by 2026. Financial details were not disclosed.
ABB will assist ASKO with efficient and reliable charging infrastructure for battery-electric trucks at distribution centers throughout the country. The first ABB HVC 150C (150 kW) high power chargers are already in operation at ASKO’s distribution center in Oslo. Initially, they are charging two battery electric Scania trucks, with more to follow.
“ASKO has an ambition to be sustainable and climate neutral. This means that we shall focus on energy-efficiency measures and, not least, renewable resources,” said Svein Sollie, Transport Director, at ASKO. “Our ambition requires large investments, especially in energy and transport. ASKO will be in the driver's seat in these areas and we must dare to invest – and we must be willing to pay beyond what is the requirement for a normal business return. ABB was chosen as the supplier for truck charging due to its global expertise, breadth of user cases and technical solutions.”
“ASKO's major focus on zero-emission vehicles is the most ambitious heavy vehicle fleet Norway has seen. As a global leader in e-mobility solutions, we look forward to contributing our experiences, services and charging solutions in pursuit of a more sustainable transport future,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions.
Overall flexibility and efficiency will be key for the solutions to work seamlessly alongside other demands on the electrical infrastructure.
Marius Aarset, Chief Technical Officer at ASKO continues: “We focus on solutions that take into account other activities such as charging electric pallet trucks, refrigeration systems and solar cells at the distribution centers in order to avoid power peaks, prediction of charging needs and optimization of the charging processes, for example in connection with loading of goods.”
ABB's chargers, part of the ABB Ability™ offering of digital solutions and services across all business areas, deliver web-enabled connectivity that allows network operators to perform remote monitoring and configuration of charge points, minimize downtime and increase efficiency.