Lack of political decisions hampers the electrification of commercial transport

Written by Mika Sorri
Head of Electrification

The lack of high-power charging stations slows down the growth of commercial urban transport. Without public charging stations, machines are dependent on their own chargers at depots, which will further increase the amount of investment needed.

Trucks and machinery require large batteries, so the charging power must also be high to match with charging time during breaks.

While commercial transport is still at the beginning of electrification, charging stations are mainly used by passenger cars. Without charging infrastructure, machine investments are not worth making, so support solutions and incentives are needed to enable the start.

The higher purchase price of machines undermines competitiveness compared to traditional machines unless the buyer of the service is willing to pay for zero-emissions and silence. Public procurement will therefore play a significant role in creating a commercial model for the industry in which a zero-emission machine would have a sufficient advantage over traditional ones.