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Italy: Lidl gets its first EV industrial vehicle

Discount Retail Chain Lidl Italia (owned by the German Schwarz Group), the country's leading supermarket chain, in collaboration with LC3 Trasporti and Scania, invests in sustainable technological development by equipping itself with the first battery-powered electric industrial vehicle.

In detail, the new Scania BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) , in circulation since September, has an autonomy of about 250 km and is equipped with a refrigerated box of 23 Europallets refrigerated with liquid nitrogen, a combination supplied by LC3 Trasporti which makes it possible to completely reduce CO 2 , fine dust and NO X emissions and to eliminate noise pollution. The 3-axle chassis has an electric motor with a continuous power of 230 kW (313 HP) and 295 kW (401 HP) peak, while the refrigerated box provides the possibility of obtaining two distinct areas for the transport of goods to different storage temperatures.

Luca Ros, Logistics Director Lidl Italy commented on Lidl's commitment to increasingly green logistics: "Our long-term goal is the decarbonisation of transport and the launch of this new battery electric industrial vehicle is an important step forward in this direction. The operation does not end here, as in the coming months an expansion of the fleet is also planned to serve other Lidl logistics centers in Italy." A choice made possible thanks to the technologies developed by Scania, a leading company in the production of industrial vehicles, as reported by Enrique Enrich, President and CEO of Italscania : "We are convinced that this partnership will establish a reference point for the logistics system of the future and we are proud to be part of it. LIDL and LC3 are showing the courage to take the path of innovation, towards a new direction, that of electric transport. We at Scania support them in this unprecedented transition, not only as vehicle suppliers, but also in the crucial activity of analyzing operational dynamics, defining the charging infrastructure and, of course, with our services and the widespread network throughout the territory".

Michele Ambrogi, President of the LC3 Trasporti Group continued by highlighting that : "In the first half of 2021 alone, thanks also to the company's commitment to guaranteeing increasingly sustainable and environmentally friendly freight transport, the means of LC3 Trasporti traveled millions of kilometers by exploiting alternative and renewable energy resources, such as Bio-CNG and Bio-LNG, with a significant reduction of polluting emissions."

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