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The world’s leading automation firm ABB has entered into an agreement with Norway’s largest grocery wholesaler ASKO, and its owner NorgesGruppen, to supply charging infrastructure for its growing fleet of electric trucks.

  • Currently, ASKO has 600 trucks on the road each day and has a goal to achieve zero emissions distribution of groceries by 2026. Financial details were not disclosed.
  • ABB will assist ASKO with efficient and reliable charging infrastructure for battery-electric trucks at distribution centers throughout the country. The first ABB HVC 150C (150 kW) high power chargers are already in operation at ASKO’s distribution center in Oslo. Initially, they are charging two battery electric Scania trucks, with more to follow.
  • Overall flexibility and efficiency will be key for the solutions to work seamlessly alongside other demands on the electrical infrastructure.
  • ASKO has been a pioneer in zero-emission trucks in Norway. It started in Oslo in 2016 with a rebuilt truck from the Netherlands with a payload of five and a half metric tons. At the beginning of 2020, they put into operation four hydrogen-powered Scania trucks in Trondheim with a gross weight of 26 metric tons and a range of 500 kilometers.
  • Then followed the mentioned battery electric Scania trucks in the capital with payloads of around 10 metric tons and a stated range up to 120 km. ASKO has ordered a total of 55 such Scania trucks, and was the country’s first to order 10 Tesla Semi trucks. The latter will have a payload of 36,000 kilograms and range up to 800 kilometers.

The major deals and collaboration by ABB are mentioned below:

March 2020: Automation technology leader ABB has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Chinese e-mobility solution provider Chargedot Shanghai New Energy Technology Co., Ltd.. Shanghai-based Chargedot has made a substantial contribution to the electric vehicles in China.

With this acquisition ABB strengthen its e-mobility portfolio spanning EV charging technology and supporting energy distribution solutions. Chargedot was founded in 2009 and it supplies AC and DC charging stations, as well as the necessary software platform to a range of customers that includes EV manufacturers, EV charging network operators and real estate developers.

March 2020: ABB has announced its partnership with motorsport and automotive specialist Sauber Engineering AG – a company of Sauber Group – as an Official Global Technology Partner. The partnership will focus on leveraging e-mobility and carbon neutral development projects.

March 2020: ABB announced the divestment of its solar inverter business to the Italian company FIMER SpA. The transaction enables ABB’s Electrification business to improve the focus of its business portfolio on priority growth markets and enhance business opportunities for the solar inverter business under FIMER

December 2019: ABB has announced the completion of divestment of all its shares in two Shanghai-based Electrification joint ventures, Shanghai ABB Breakers Co., Ltd. and Shanghai ABB Guangdian Electric Co., Ltd. to holding subsidiaries of Shanghai Guangdian Electric Group (SGEG), ABB’s joint venture partner in the two companies.

About ABB
ABB, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, is a global technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. The company operates in approximately 100 countries with around 147,000 employees. ABB has four, customer-focused businesses: Motion, Electrification, Industrial Automation, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability digital platform.”

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