Scania’s newly-launched plug-in hybrid truck is now being gainfully deployed in silent night time deliveries to McDonald’s restaurants in Stockholm.
Due to noise restrictions, downtown deliveries are normally not permitted in the Swedish capital. The truck is connected and utilises the position-based geofencing Scania Zone service.
When entering predefined zones, the vehicle automatically adjusts to existing regulations, such as emission standards and adherence to speed limits. Since the plug-in hybrid can drive silently up to 10 kilometres in fully electric mode, deliveries can be carried out on near-empty streets at night.
With normal restrictions, most retail deliveries are scheduled for mornings before the start of business, and trucks are consequently caught in rush hour traffic. The City of Stockholm has exempted these delivery trials from the night time ban.
The truck utilises HVO, Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, as fuel during the 22-kilometre journey from HAVI’s warehouse to downtown Stockholm, which reduces carbon emissions by up to 90 percent. When entering the city centre, the vehicle automatically switches to electric propulsion triggered by the Scania Zone service.
The battery is charged both through regenerative braking that captures kinetic energy and external charging. At one of the restaurants, a vehicle charger has been installed to boost energy during loading, unloading and driver breaks.