Slowly but surely towards fossil-free logistics
This year, Södra Cell and DFDS have been investigating the possibility of using electric trucks for some of our pulp flows. Tests with an electric truck between Värö and Varberg port this month looked at real time loading/unloading, driving time, electricity consumption, and any charging opportunities during the round trip. The hope is that results will lead to more sustainable and efficient transport of pulp in the future.
Six months ago, a Group-wide project was launched to electrify Södra's internal and external transport with the aim of reducing dependence on fossil fuels and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. Changes include switching a number of forklifts from diesel to electric power, as well as trucks.
Niclas Henriksson, process technician at the loading unit at Södra Cell in Värö, has been with Södra 35 years and was one of the first to try out the new electric forklift truck from Konecranes currently being tested at Värö.
"Many people say that diesel is irreplaceable and of course it’s efficient. Electric power requires both a change in driving style and planning, but there is potential for the electric trucks to be at least as good or even better than the diesel ones and Konecranes' prototype feels very successful," he says.
It's been almost four years since the first electric forklift in the middleweight segment was introduced at Värö. Technology has made rapid progress since then, not least thanks to the introduction of lithium batteries. Quiet operation, fast charging times and no exhaust fumes are a plus for employees as well as the environment, and Södra Cell Värö is also self-sufficient in electricity with good opportunities to charge with fast power. The future looks greener.
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