Bakker Goedhart, with 11 branches in the Netherlands, is a major supplier of fresh bread products, especially to supermarkets. In the transition to zero emissions in inner cities, the company will focus on hybrid transport. The company has therefore purchased two Scania G320 Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) tractors for transport in the regions of The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
“They must help us to bridge the mobility gap between fully electric driving and zero-emission transport in inner cities. Because we do not believe that distribution transport in the Netherlands will be fully electric in 2030. There are still too many things to fix Not least the strengthening of the electricity grid and then there are challenges such as the range,” fleet manager Jeroen Bakker from Bakkersteam BV, the transport department of Bakker Goedhart, is firmly convinced.
The best of both worlds
Also in light of Bakker Goedhart’s transport distances, the best of both worlds can still be seen in the Plug-in Hybrid truck in the coming years. “It is now 2022, so we could just buy a classic diesel truck one more time and write it off completely. But at Bakker Goedhart, both innovation and the realization that we must pass on our heritage neatly to the next generations are paramount. So we will now take all our social responsibility and of course also gain the necessary experience with these kinds of systems. In addition, we see the benefit of quiet and clean transport in vulnerable urban areas as an important step in our sustainability goals. And the two Scanias that we have now bought should help us with that.”
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“We are really busy with the transition to a lower CO2 emissions. In addition to plug-ins, we have therefore also purchased electric cars, both trucks and 5 BE tractors/trailers. But we can only use it where it suits the range. For our longer distance transport there is currently nothing that can achieve this electrically within a reasonable TCO. The two Scania Plug-in Hybrid G320 tractors can do that.”
In any case, Scania is currently the only one that can currently deliver a plug-in. “We came to the Scania dealer via Heiwo. The subsequent discussions also showed that the dealer could supply a tractor with a wheelbase of only 4,150 mm from the factory via an S order. A normal diesel usually measures 3.75m between the wheels, but with BEV and hybrid it quickly becomes 4.35m. And it’s too long for us. We transport volume, not weight. So we are in the city centers with a normal 13.60 trailer with one steered axle. Also in Amsterdam. Then every extra centimeter of the tractor is extra important.”
Fully electric within environmental zones
Despite the shorter wheelbase, the Scania Plug-in Hybrid tractors with G cab and standard roof height have room for the three battery packs with a total output of 90 kW, good for an electric range of up to around 50 kilometers in addition to a 220 liter fuel tank . “That is more than enough for us. On a typical journey we drive around 35 kilometers within the environmental zones and therefore fully electric. Then we still have enough energy reserve to be able to drive a full hybrid and thus extra economically on the way to the base, and the remaining electric energy the driver must use for the last kilometer back to the bakery.”
“Because it is of course meant that the cars will soon come back with empty batteries. We can charge the cars on our existing connection and thus distribute the power consumption throughout the day. So for us, electric driving is currently cheaper than the more expensive diesel. We expect to be able to manage around 20 percent of our mileage purely electric. In addition, we have the advantage of driving on the edges of the night. Most of our cars are back around So in the places where we have solar panels, we can charge them with 100 percent green energy from our own solar systems.”
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According to Bakker, driving with a plug-in hybrid requires the necessary change in drivers’ thinking. “Together with Scania, we will train them thoroughly in how to use the systems as optimally as possible. To ensure that we actually drive electrically within the environmental zones, we will use the Scania Zone system: a kind of geofencing.”
Bakker is surprised that governments have not yet exploited the potential of a plug-in hybrid in their plans for zero-emission transport in city centres. “For the time being, all authorities are stubbornly sticking to fully electric transport. In this way, you naturally maintain the optimum pressure on the boiler. But buying a truck requires a significant investment. This includes a long-term vision. Then, as a carrier, you expect a government to offer you perspective. But do you really believe that in four or five years all problems with the capacity of the network will be solved? At the moment, some municipalities are threatening to stop installing even more charging points! Well, a plug-in hybrid really seems to be the best way to maintain the zero-emissions target in your city centre.”
Bakker also thinks it’s a little strange that his new cars don’t automatically get a Piek certification. “While they are really quiet enough. In fact, because we only transport fresh bread with our trucks, our trailers do not need a refrigerator. I don’t understand why plugins aren’t taken much more seriously. But I expect it to come.”