This year, DB Schenker expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent in central Oslo. Next year, the target is to reduce by 100 percent – in all major Norwegian cities. "We want to show that it is possible to do so, already with today's technology," says Lars Sveen, Head of Land Domestic, DB Schenker Norge.
In what is called Ring 3 in Oslo, which includes the center and a radius of about 7 kilometers, we now use only electric cars and bicycles for deliveries. Eight new MAN TGE cars and three electric bikes are the ones used to complete the job. "We have calculated that we save about 60 000 liters of diesel and can park three heavy-duty Trucks thanks to this," says Lars Sveen. The goods to be delivered in central Oslo are sent by a biogas truck from the DB Schenker terminal outside the city. The goods are unloaded in our new Oslo Eco City Hub, which is constructed by containers. Here the goods can be loaded into electric cars and bicycles.
The cars have a range of approx. 100 km, maybe 70 km in winter. The cars can charge approx. 80% of the battery in 45 minutes. The cost of charging covers the municipality of Oslo’s. The new cars have a direct door from the cab and to the shelves in the cabinet. This makes it easier to sort the packages according to today's planned route. Electric cars are pretty much more expensive than diesel cars, but they have the advantage that they can be used in the evening because they do not make as much noise. "It is essential to have longer operating time in the cars. Then we can run home deliveries in residential areas in the evenings, and we have an agreement with the Red Cross to empty their clothing collections in the evenings. Oslo municipality has also shown interest in evening deliveries." says Lars Sveen.
The bikes can do more than you might think. Previously, we used bicycles that could be loaded up to 150 kilos, but the new bikes can withstand a load of up to 300 kilograms at a time. They are a perfect alternative to deliveries in e.g. pedestrian streets, which often do not allow truck traffic during certain periods of time. Benjamin Appiah, one of the three bike drivers in Oslo, cycles about 30 km a day, and handles on average about 40-50 deliveries.
"We didn't want to wait for tomorrow's technology. We want to be an example of a large company in a large city by showing that it is actually possible to distribute goods without carbon dioxide emissions. If we can handle it, many others can do it", says Lars Sveen.
The European Commission has nominated Oslo as the Green capital of Europe in 2019, and the environment is of course high on the city's agenda. Lars Sveen is convinced that this is only the beginning of speeding up the transition to a fossil-free transport system.