Swedish multinational power company Vattenfall has joined forces with Coca-Cola Sweden to establish three truck charging stations at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners’ climate-neutral facility in Jordbro, just outside Stockholm.
This collaboration marks a significant milestone in their efforts to invest in electric-powered heavy goods vehicles and achieve net zero emissions across their entire value chains by 2040.
Ingela Hålling, Head of Vattenfall Network Solutions, highlighted the importance of developing innovative solutions and partnerships to address environmental and climate impacts within the transportation system. Vattenfall has played a key role in the pilot project, offering support and leveraging lessons learned to optimise the charging solution based on the needs of customers and haulers.
An integral part of this partnership is Vattenfall’s comprehensive “Power-as-a-Service” solution, which involves taking responsibility for investing in the charging infrastructure, owning, operating, and ensuring the functionality of the charging stations throughout the contract period. This arrangement allows Coca-Cola to focus on its core business while benefiting from a reliable and efficient charging solution.
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners has been actively working towards reducing emissions from its vehicles and shipments. Lisa Wahlström, Sustainability Director at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners in Sweden, stated that since 2021, all domestically procured shipments have been fueled entirely by fossil-free sources. The company has also installed charging stations at its plant for company vehicles and passenger cars.
Now, Coca-Cola is entering the next phase of its sustainability journey by introducing electric-powered heavy goods vehicles and the corresponding charging infrastructure. This initiative aligns with the company’s commitment to transitioning its entire fleet of cars and vans to electric vehicles by 2030, as well as its participation in the global initiative EV100, which aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and make electric transportation the norm by 2030.
In addition to its partnership with Vattenfall, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners has joined forces with other prominent companies, including AstraZeneca, An Post, Grundfos, IKEA, Tesco, SAP, and Unilever. Together, these companies penned an open letter to the European Commission earlier this year, advocating for a significant transition to electric vehicles. They proposed that by 2030, all new company cars and vans should be electric, five years ahead of the 2035 deadline set for phasing out internal combustion engine vehicles.