Heidelberg Materials introduces first electric concrete truck in Sweden with full load capacity

Since December, Sweden's first 100% electric concrete truck capable of carrying a full load of concrete has been driving on the streets of Stockholm. The truck is part of the collaboration between Heidelberg Materials Northern Europe and the Volvo Group, which began in 2023 and aims to jointly explore and develop how Heidelberg Materials' loading and transport activities can be solved using electrified vehicles.

– The partnership with Volvo is a flagship project in our industry with the potential to significantly drive the decarbonisation of the entire value chain in Northern Europe. We look forward to continuing to work together to identify and implement the latest solutions for a rapid decarbonisation of the construction sector, says Karin Comstedt Webb, Vice President Heidelberg Materials Sweden, and Head of ESG and Public Affairs Heidelberg Materials Northern Europe.

Electric trucks have been on the market for a number of years, but this is the first one in Sweden that can carry a full load of 6 cubic meters of ready-mix concrete, which is necessary in order not to compromise on transport efficiency.

– We are committed to supporting our customers to achieve their decarbonisation goals. It is only through working together that we can develop workable net zero innovations that deliver low emissions while maintaining the highest possible levels of productivity, says Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice President Sales Area Europe North & Central at Volvo Trucks.

Net zero emissions

Finding more ways to reduce climate impact is crucial for Heidelberg Materials to achieve net zero carbon emissions throughout its value chain, and transport activities are an important part of this.

In Heidelberg Materials' Northern Europe region, overland transport accounts for 6 percent of the total climate impact in the value chain. Electrifying the fleet has the potential to reduce annual emissions by up to 200,000 tonnes of CO2. In addition, electrified vehicles provide a quieter and better working and urban environment.

Both Volvo and Heidelberg Materials are committed to the Science-based Targets initiative, which drives ambitious climate action in the private sector. The companies are also members of the First Movers Coalition (FMC).

Facts: FMC
The FMC (First Movers Coalition) is a coalition of companies that are using their purchasing power to create early markets for innovative clean technologies in eight hard-to-abate sectors. https://initiatives.weforum.org/first-movers-coalition/home

Facts: The Science Based Targets Initiative
The Science-based Targets Initiative (SBTi) is driving ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling organisations to set science-based emissions reduction targets. Targets are considered 'science-based' if they are consistent with what the latest climate science says is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement - limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. https://sciencebasedtargets.org/

Heidelberg Materials is one of the world's largest building materials groups with operations in 50 countries. In Northern Europe, we are the market leader in cement and a major player in concrete. We have four business areas: Cement, Ready-Mixed Concrete Products, Prefabricated Concrete Elements and Aggregates. We operate from Malmö in the south to Luleå in the north.

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Emma Sjöberg

Head of Communications Heidelberg Materials Northern Europe

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