Vattenfall Network Solutions has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UK-based electric truck firm Tevva to support fleet electrification.
The duo are to explore the opportunity to provide a complete transport solution for businesses looking to reduce the overall carbon impact of their operations.
Vattenfall pointed to its ability to provide connections to the electricity grid along with the electrical and hydrogen infrastructure for a vehicle fleet or depot, as well as Vattenfall Energy Trading offering UK businesses – including operators of hydrogen electrolysers – the option to purchase renewable electricity generated by harnessing wind and solar through power purchase agreements.
The company's power-as-a-service model provides businesses looking to make the switch to a 100% zero emission vehicle fleet with energy infrastructure as a service rather than what it said is an expensive and risky asset for businesses to invest in, build and maintain.
Vattenfall already has experience within the EV charging sector, with it operating over 22,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints in Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Norway. However, in 2019, it sold its UK EV charging network to Statkraft, citing plans to focus on its core UK businesses of renewable power generation, heating, B2B sales and distribution.
Maria Lindberg, director of heavy transport at Vattenfall Network Solutions, said that in the context of net zero, “it’s no longer a question of if, but when transport will be electrified”.
Whilst Tevva’s trucks are predominately powered by electricity, the company does optimise hydrogen and fuel cell range extension to support the full day, long-distance duty cycles of freight trucks.
The company’s founder and CEO, Asher Bennet, said this collaboration with Vattenfall means it will be able to provide its customers with “sustainably sourced supply”.