The Nordic region’s first public hydrogen and charging station for heavy-duty traffic has opened at the Port of Gothenburg

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The doors are now open for the Circle K hydrogen charging and filling station in the port of Gothenburg. The station is the first of its kind in the Nordic region and was built from a heavy goods vehicle perspective, with the aim of facilitating the green transition for heavy goods traffic in and around the port of Gothenburg.

The station will be a new port hub to facilitate the transition from fossil to electricity and alternative fuels for heavy goods traffic. Initially, there will be six public charging stations for electric trucks, with a capacity of up to 360 kW per charging bay. Having multiple charging bays in one place means not only increased capacity, but also shorter waiting times. Within a year, hydrogen will be available at the station, a veritable fuel of the future which only emits heat and water.

Source: Port of Gothenburg

More than one million heavy trucks collect or deliver goods to the Port of Gothenburg every year. The port conducted a study on truck driving habits with Volvo Group, Scania and Stena Line as part of the Tranzero collaborative initiative. A large proportion of heavy goods vehicles have been identified as particularly suitable for the fossil-free transition here and now, and a public charging and hydrogen station in the heart of the port will be a key enabler.

“Opening the station in exactly the right place, both in terms of timing and location. Mass production of electric trucks is launched and vehicles have been ordered by busy players in the port. By the end of the year, electric heavy trucks will be commonplace in the port, and they will continue to grow from there. So this station comes at the right time – the transition is here and now, and as far as the port is concerned, we are delighted to be able to work with Circle K to provide the necessary infrastructure,” says Elvir Dzanic, CEO of the Gothenburg Port Authority.

Source: Port of Gothenburg

In addition to non-fossil fuels, the station is a full-service station offering everything users need while charging their vehicle, such as a wide range of food and drink, and of course showers and toilets. Secure parking is also available in a fenced area, with CCTV surveillance and space for approximately 40 heavy trucks. It’s a place where drivers who need it can rest for about an hour, or even overnight, and do so safely – something for which there is huge demand.

“The station is a magnificent flagship and a real milestone on the way to a future of greener transport operations. We are incredibly happy and proud to be at the forefront of this journey and what we have achieved, such as working with the port. The station’s strategic location and smart structure means that we are well prepared for future market needs for different fuels. This station has the potential to become an important hub in the transition,” says Lennart Olsson, heavy-duty traffic pricing manager at Circle K.

The station is built from a heavy truck perspective, providing a good turning radius and ensuring that all loading bays are accessible from multiple directions by different types of heavy trucks.
Source: Port of Gothenburg

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