Priority for electric trucks in the container terminal at the Port of Gothenburg

Electric trucks are being granted priority passage and handling in the container terminal at the Port of Gothenburg. This initiative is being used by terminal operator APM Terminals to favour those haulage firms that have already started to convert their vehicle fleets, while at the same time giving an additional incentive to those considering investing in electrification.

The solution means that electric trucks will be fast-tracked through APM Terminals’ gate 4 via a reserved lane, and also enjoy prioritised handling within the terminal area. This creates efficiency gains and planning ability that is particularly important for electric trucks, as there are strict demands on optimisation given the limited range of electric vehicles. APM Terminals operates the container terminal in the Port of Gothenburg, the biggest in the Nordic region.

- We’re seeing more and more haulage firms starting to electrify parts of their vehicle fleets, and we know that more are considering investing in a green transition of heavy goods traffic. We hope that supporting these initiatives by offering the fastest possible passage and handling will serve as an incentive and be one small step along the way. Our own container handling operation has been fossil-free for several years, and this solution is fully in line with APM Terminals’ work on sustainability, in which collaboration with our customers is an important key, says Brian Bitsch, Commercial Manager at APM Terminals Gothenburg.

Breakthrough for electric trucks

Every year, around one million trucks pass through the Port of Gothenburg, with one third of them – or around 1,000 vehicles a day – pass via APM Terminals. So far, however, electric trucks only represent a fraction of vehicles passing through the port’s gates – but a broader-based breakthrough is just around the corner.

DFDS has depoyed 20 electric trucks in the flows in and around the port. Sweden’s biggest transporter of containers on the roads, Skaraslättens Transport, has deployed three electric trucks in flows to and from the container terminal. The priority for electric trucks has contributed to the haulage firm’s decision to invest in two more electric trucks.

Tranzero Initiative

The transport sector needs to shift from its dependence on fossil fuels, and with the Tranzero Initiative project a big step is taken to realize the transition.

Sustainable port

Sustainability must pervade all operations within the port and is an important starting point for all work carried out

Paving the way for the transition

Including APM Terminals’ priority measures, there are now three terminals that have a priority system in place for electric trucks. Between them, these terminals handle around 90% of the port’s total truck flows. The other two terminals are operated by Gothenburg Roro Terminal and Stena Line.

- It’s a really important initiative by the terminal operators, which literally paves the way for the transition. With a priority system in place for the terminals that handle the most trucks, and the growing infrastructure for charging in the area around the port, the conditions for electric trucks are better here than at any other port. This is a development we’re incredibly proud of, but there’s still work to be done,” says Martin Adeteg, Vice President Decarbonisation, Health and Safety at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

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