OKQ8 with Volvo Trucks are building a large charging network 

Advancement in electric vehicles can be seen in many sectors, not only commercial vehicles. By 2030, 60% of all heavy vehicles sold, as predicted by Powercircle, will be electric. It equates to roughly 16,000 electric trucks being in use today. Thus, charging stations will be in high demand in the years to come.  

The Energy Agency has provided little over 1.5 billion kroner to players that collaborate to accelerate the construction of Sweden’s charging network for heavy vehicles. The funding is currently being dispersed. 

Many different companies, including OKQ8,  Kraft, and Volvo Lastvagnar, collaborated to apply for a grant from the Energy Agency. Those who plan to own a total of twenty-six charging stations up and running by the year 2023, with locations ranging from Malmö in the south to in the north. A minimum of two and a maximum of four 350 kW continuous power charging ports are required on every station, which can be located at OKQ8 stations or at Volvo Trucks dealers.  

The number of charging spots at each station will be adjusted to match the anticipated demand over the following five years. Most heavy vehicles, irrespective of their manufacturer, will be able to use the charging stations, and light vehicles will also have access to the relevant charging facilities, despite the reality that Volvo Trucks is funding the initiative.

Developing a nationwide charging infrastructure with relatively short distances than just the current range of big electric cars has been a priority.

The application states that the charging infrastructure will be completed by next September. Karin Hellgren, OKQ8’s communications manager, affirms that the company has sought to have power hooked up at all sites and is presently finalizing designs and licenses. She believes, however, that these initial 26 charging stations are really the tip of the iceberg.

Author Md Tamzid Mahmud