ABB has agreed to supply charging infrastructure for Norwegian grocery wholesaler ASKO’s growing fleet of electric trucks. ASKO operates a fleet of 600 trucks, and hopes to achieve zero-emission distribution of groceries by 2026.
ABB will provide charging infrastructure for ASKO’s distribution centers throughout Norway. The first ABB HVC 150C (150 kW) chargers are already in operation at ASKO’s Oslo facility, where the company operates two Scania electric trucks, each with a payload of 10 metric tons and a range of up to 120 km. ASKO has ordered 55 such Scania e-trucks, as well as 10 Tesla Semis.
“ASKO has an ambition to be sustainable and climate-neutral,” said Transport Director Svein Sollie. “Our ambition requires large investments, especially in energy and transport…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.”
“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,” added Chief Technical Officer Marius Aarset.