Among the first in Europe
What weighs up to 50 tonnes, runs on electricity and will be carrying waste on a shuttle route through the capital? The answer is Ragn-Sells’ new electric articulated lorry.
This electric HGV is currently operating on the roads of Oslo. Ragn-Sells’ goal is for all its waste trucks and goods vehicles in future to operate on fossil-free power, and the company is now investing in more electric vehicles as part of its “Highway to EL” concept. The first electric waste truck attracted a lot of attention when it first started operating in Oslo city centre last summer, and now – less than one year later – it is being joined by a 50-tonne articulated lorry.
“To begin with, the electric truck will be operating on a shuttle route between Romerike waste processing plant (ROAF), and Fortum Oslo Varme’s energy recovery plant, but we want to look at other routes eventually. On this route it has an estimated range of 150 kilometres fully loaded, with 20-minute top-up charges each time it is loaded ensuring that it remains in operation all day,” says Lars Gravdahl, who is the logistics manager at Ragn-Sells.
Last year’s waste truck was the first of its kind, and Ragn-Sells is also one of the very first recycling companies to use an electric truck.
“It's great being one of the pioneers in this field, but for us the most important thing is the “Highway to EL” concept. We are trying to introduce this technology into all areas of our operations, and we feel this is particularly important because of the business that we’re in,” says Lars.