Scania, alongside sennder, have established a new joint venture to drive large-scale electric truck adoption while accelerating the decarbonisation of European road logistics.
The JV, called JUNA, will combine sennder’s advanced technology with Scania’s electric truck offering to introduce a new pay-per-use model to provide transport companies with access to electric truck solutions and guaranteed capacity.
The service model is designed to make it easier for carriers to switch to electric trucks, eliminating upfront costs and potential residual value concerns.
By offering access to guaranteed loads on sennder’s digital platform, JUNA will ensure commercial predictability for customers.
Scania’s JV with the leading digital road freight forwarder has been launched in Germany, with the goal to make all new commercial vehicles sold fossil free by 2040.
The model offers the full package, incuding premium electric vehicles, repair, maintenance, insurance, digital and analytics services.
As well as offering use-based fees, JUNA can optimise electrification strategies and use data analysis to simulate routes for electric truck suitability.
“This is a pivotal moment for our industry, and we are excited to be partnering with Scania to create a joint venture that will propel the widespread adoption of e-trucks,” sennder CEO David Nothacker says.
“Given that e-trucks cost two to three times more than diesel trucks and that 70 per cent of all trucks in Europe are owned by small carriers with fewer than 10 trucks, the combination of JUNA’s pay-per-use offering and sennder’s capacity utilisation will effectively remove the barriers to adopting e-trucks.”
The project relies on existing public charging infrastructure, and with per-kilometre costs comparable to current diesel charges.
Scania head of ventures and new business Gustaf Sundell says the pilot project has just recently been successfully launched, with the first customer using an electric truck supplied by JUNA to perform 10 lanes per week.
“JUNA is the result of a collaboration between two companies with complementary expertise in the areas of electric vehicles and digital logistics, which will accelerate the transition to electrified heavy transport,” Sundell says.
“Scania is exploring new solutions to find ways of creating value for our customers now and in the future, and we’re proud to see this project with sennder come to life.
“We believe it will play an important role in driving the shift to a sustainable transport system.”