Scania and sennder Technologies, a digital road freight forwarder, have formed Berlin-based JUNA, a joint venture (JV) for electric solutions in road freight logistics across Europe.
The JV aims to improve electric truck adoption for a sustainable logistics industry supporting ACEA/PIC’s vision of new commercial vehicles to be fossil free by 2040.
JUNA is providing an innovative pay-per-use model for electric trucks and will effectively clear the way for a large-scale adoption of electric trucks, which are two to three times more expensive as compared to the diesel equivalent, on face value.
JUNA is also offering access to guaranteed loads on sennder's digital platform, thereby reducing the financial challenges associated with high upfront costs, residual value, and technology risk for its customers and provides transport companies with commercial predictability through guaranteed incomes.
The JV combines Scania's electric trucks and services with sennder's technology for connecting small and medium carriers with shippers to accelerate the decarbonization of European road freight logistics. It offers premium electric vehicles, repair, maintenance, insurance, digital, and analytics services.
JUNA optimizes electrification strategies and simulates routes for electric truck suitability with usage-based fees and guaranteed utilization, through data analysis.
Under a pilot project, a first customer is using an electric truck supplied by JUNA charged with renewable energy and performing up to ten lanes per week like its diesel predecessor. The truck is operating for an FMCG shipper in Stuttgart.
The pilot aims to achieve an annual reduction of 93 tons of CO2-equivalent emissions for the first truck and expand to include long-distance routes during 2024. The project is dependent on existing public charging infrastructure and per-km costs comparable to current diesel charges.