IKEA is electrifying its operations in Portugal with the help of Scania and KLOG

  • IKEA, Scania, and KLOG collaborate to introduce EV operations in Portugal for transporting IKEA products sustainably.
  • Initiative driven by discussions initiated in 2023 aims to replace diesel trucks with battery-electric vehicles.
  • Focus on route optimisation, energy efficiency, and charging infrastructure crucial for successful implementation.

IKEA, Scania, and KLOG have joined forces to accelerate EV operations in Portugal. 

The joint initiative will replace conventional diesel trucks with battery-electric vehicles. It’s initially focussed on transporting IKEA products from Paços de Ferreira to Porto Harbour and IKEA stores.

This effort was initiated by IKEA Supply Chain Operations and Scania in 2023. Similar transitions are already underway in southern France and Poland as part of IKEA’s broader sustainability strategy.

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Data and analytics are crucial to forming electric trucking routes

IKEA Industry plans to enhance efficiency by implementing a pick-and-drop system, ensuring trucks remain operational and minimising downtime.

The availability of charging infrastructure is pivotal. The Portuguese Port Authority of Leixões will provide charging solutions at the harbour, complementing IKEA’s plans to install facilities at its factory.

Dariusz Mroczek, Category Area Transport Manager, IKEA Supply Chain Operations, celebrated the move: 

“To be able to make a real shift towards transport decarbonisation, we need to collaborate across the value chain. Today’s announcement is a great example of how we reduce carbon emissions and find scalable solutions together.”  

Scania is dedicated to sustainable transport. The truck manufacturer views this partnership as a practical example of achieving environmental objectives. The company has made several strategic partnerships to expand its electric truck and charging services across Europe.

Evalena Falck, Head of Strategic Account Management, Scania, commented:

“At Scania, we have made it our purpose to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system. Although the technology for sustainable transport is ready, the deployment and scaling of it often requires that the relevant actors come together. This collaboration shows how it can be done in practice and I hope it inspires others to follow suit.”

As one of the first movers in Portugal’s electric goods transportation sector, KLOG aims to establish itself as a leader in logistics excellence while promoting responsible environmental practices. “History is being written, and we are of course immensely proud to be among the first in Portugal to run electric goods transportations,” said Egídio Lopes, Managing Director at KLOG. 

This major collaboration demonstrates a shift to emobility in Portugal. It also backs up Europe’s increasing development of electric truck infrastructure. Impressive charging hubs are being built across the continent, and massive brands such as IKEA and Scania are actively promoting emobility. The result is a burgeoning network of trucking routes spanning across countries. 

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