Initially the Port of Gothenburg station will have six public charging stations for...

Initially the Port of Gothenburg station will have six public charging stations for battery-electric heavy trucks.

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The Port of Gothenburg in Sweden has opened a public electric-vehicle charging and hydrogen filling station designed for trucks.

The gates are now open for Circle K’s charging and hydrogen filling station. The first of its kind in the Nordic region, it has been built from a heavy trucks perspective, with the intention of facilitating the green transition for heavy goods traffic in and around the Port of Gothenburg.

The station will form a new hub of the port for facilitating the transition from fossil to electricity and alternative fuels for heavy goods traffic. Initially there will be six public charging stations for electrically powered heavy trucks, with a capacity of up to 360 kW per charging bay. Having several charging bays at the same location means not only increased capacity, but also shorter waiting times. Within one year there will be hydrogen available at the station.

Over 1 million heavy trucks collect or deliver goods at the Port of Gothenburg every year. The port has conducted a study of the driving patterns of the heavy trucks together with Volvo Group, Scania and Stena Line in the collaboration initiative Tranzero. A large proportion of heavy trucks have been identified as particularly suitable for the fossil-free transition here and now, and a public station for charging and hydrogen in the heart of the port will be a key enabler.

“The station’s opening at exactly the right place, in terms of both timing and location,” said Elvir Dzanic, CEO at the Gothenburg Port Authority. “Serial production of electric heavy goods vehicles is up and running, and vehicles have been ordered by actors with a lot of traffic at the port. By the end of the year, electric heavy trucks will be a common sight in the port, and it will just keep on growing from there.”

The station is built from a heavy trucks perspective, providing good turning radius and ensuring that all charging bays can be accessed from multiple directions by different kinds of heavy trucks.

About Gothenburg's New Public EV Charging and Hydrogen Station:

  • The first public charging and hydrogen filling station in the Nordic region for heavy goods traffic
  • Charging bays for heavy goods traffic: 6 (with possibility for more bays)
  • Charging power: 360 kW (1 MW possible if more bays)
  • The station’s network capacity: 6 MW (with possibility of an additional 6 MW soon)
  • Hydrogen available for heavy goods traffic: In one year’s time
  • Hydrogen bays for heavy goods traffic: 1 (when fully expanded)
  • Hydrogen capacity: 720 kg, approx. 15 heavy trucks/day (when fully expanded)
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