The port of Gothenburg is enhancing its commitment to sustainability by installing new electric truck charging points at the Hisingen port entrance. The port, a key hub handling over a million trucks annually, aims to slash port-related emissions by 70% before 2030, with the provision of charging infrastructure playing a pivotal role in achieving this target.
Circle K, a prominent filling station chain in Sweden actively involved in establishing an electric truck charging network, has already deployed charging points at the port of Gothenburg. The recent inauguration of four charging points at the Hisingen port entrance marks a collaborative effort with Göteborg Energi. Additionally, four more charging points at Exportgatan in Hisingen, funded with support from the Swedish Energy Agency, are slated to be operational shortly. These charging stations, like the ones at the port entrance, will be accessible to the public.
The impetus for the newly inaugurated charging points stemmed from the port operator's recognition of the growing need for charging infrastructure for electric trucks. Patrik Olsson, project manager at Göteborg Energi, stated, “The port saw a need for charging for the increasing proportion of electric trucks and contacted us. That meant we could together create a charging station with four fast chargers at Port Entry where many trucks pass every day.” The financing of the charging stations involves support from the Swedish Energy Agency, emphasizing the importance of public access in this initiative.
Notably, Circle K's charging station, situated at Vädermotet in Gothenburg harbor, adds redundancy to the infrastructure, ensuring reliability. Fredrik Allgurén, spokesperson for Circle K, highlighted the significance of having two separate public charging stations in the port, noting that it contributes to infrastructure reliability and, in the long run, can help maintain competitive charging prices.
Looking ahead, Circle K aims to expand its electric truck charging network in Sweden, targeting a total of 90 charging points by the end of 2024. The company plans to utilize 360 kW chargers for this expansion. As part of the E-Charge project, partially funded by the public, Circle K also aims to install two-megawatt chargers and introduce hydrogen infrastructure at selected locations. This initiative aligns with Sweden's broader push towards sustainable transportation solutions and a greener future.