Jan de Rijk Logistics has used the Scania P360 4×2 Plug-in Hybrid Multi Battery. Thus, the transportation company from Roosendaal is taking the first step in shipping emission-free shops in urban areas.
“As operators, it is our responsibility to take action now,” explained CEO Fred Westdijk. “This is a mature interim solution that we are preparing to be completely emission-free.” The working area of Jan de Rijk’s distribution activities is larger than the range of current generation electric trucks. That’s why the proven plug-in hybrid technology was chosen. “This move costs money and effort, but waiting is not an option,” Westdijk said. “Hybrid trucks are offered in series production. That’s also the reason we chose Scania.”
Best of both worlds
The P Series combines a 9 liter 360 hp motor with multi-battery. It has a capacity of 90KWh and a range of up to 60 km. With this, logistics service providers are getting ready to welcome the arrival of a zero emission city zone without having to sacrifice the range of diesel engines. “Ultimately, the truck itself must recognize that it is entering an environmental zone and automatically switch from diesel to electric if necessary,” explains Westdijk.
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As this is the transporter’s first experience with an alternative drive, Westdijk hopes to learn a lot from the Scania hybrid. “This is a test for us to feel what we will face on the pitch. In terms of charging, but also car use.” The batteries are charged at the distribution center in Waddinxveen, where the trucks are housed.
The Rigid 4×2 is equipped with, among other things, a tailgate and loading platform from Heiwo. The 360-degree camera system and City Safe Window, an indispensable option in urban areas, provide an even better view. “This is a very complete and modern car,” said Westdijk. To make optimal use of the new technique, several drivers from Jan de Rijk received driving training.
LHV and train
As a pioneer in logistics, Jan de Rijk has launched various activities to reduce CO2 emissions. The greatest profit can be made from the international fleet. “We are keeping our fleet new and using more LHVs and our own trains. We also train our drivers towards an economical driving style. In addition, we actively offer HVO diesel to our customers. Fortunately, more and more companies are choosing this cleaner fuel.” Westdijk continues to keep an eye on developments, but finds it difficult to say which technology will take the lead. “Loading capacity will be the biggest stumbling block.”
Since its founding in 1971, Jan de Rijk Logistics has grown to become a leading supplier for international transportation, contract logistics, Benelux distribution & long distance shipping and freight forwarding. In addition to a fleet of more than 800 trucks, most of which are used for international transportation, the company also has its own warehouses and trains for intermodal transportation to various European countries.