Norwegian food wholesaler ASKO is taking significant strides towards electrifying its fleet of around 700 trucks by 2026 with the roll-out of fast charging infrastructure at 13 depots.
ASKO has signed a major framework agreement with Finnish charging hardware manufacturer Kempower to establish fast charging infrastructure for electric trucks at 13 logistics depots across Norway.
According to the agreement, more than 80 fast charging points from Kempower will be deployed at nine ASKO locations spanning from Lillesand in the south to Tromsø in the north by the end of this year. The ambitious plan aims to ensure comprehensive coverage across Norway and facilitate the electrification process.
ASKO’s decision to partner with Kempower follows a successful test phase where the charging system was trialed at one of its depots in 2022. The positive results paved the way for a broader collaboration, providing ASKO access to Kempower’s complete charging infrastructure, which includes satellite charging systems, stand-alone charging stations, and the cloud-based charging management software, Kempower ChargEye.
The collaboration enables ASKO to select the most suitable charging solutions for each location, customising the deployment to meet their unique requirements. As a part of NorgesGruppen, a wholesale chain operating retail stores under various brands, ASKO’s partnership with Kempower may extend further to include additional branches and around 1,800 NorgesGruppen Norwegian grocery stores, though specific details on the expansion timeline and conditions have not been disclosed yet.