How far will an electric truck go on a single charge when the temperature drops to -30°C?
Energy company Vattenfall has partnered with Volvo Trucks, ABB and mining company Kaunis Iron to trial electric trucks in sub-zero temperatures.
The test aimed at exploring whether it is feasible to replace diesel-powered transport of 14-tonne truckloads of iron ore sludge with new electric trucks.
The experiment, which took place in Sweden‘s uppermost region within the arctic circle and lasted four weeks, saw a battery-powered truck driven for over 280 kilometres of frozen routes.
Lino Martino, one of the truck drivers who participated in the test, said: “This new truck is so quiet, you cannot hear the engine, even when under heavy loads.
“And the vibrations are way less noticeable than with a diesel vehicle, so it’s, without doubt, a more convenient work environment to operate in.”