Norwegian Post to go fully electric on Svalbard

Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

The Norwegian Post (Posten) has cracked the code for how to become fossil-free in Arctic conditions. An electric truck is now put into operation on Svalbard.

“Now we only have electric vehicles on Svalbard. All distribution now takes place with fossil-free vehicles,” press manager Kenneth Tjønndal Pettersen in Posten to NTB.

The last piece to be put in place was a truck that could handle the harsh conditions and the extreme cold. Posten has now found such a vehicle – a Scania truck that has proven to work well even in temperatures lower than 20 degrees below zero.

“In front of us, we have a truck of 19 tons, which is now put into ordinary operation after we have tested it in Arctic conditions for a month. It has lived up to expectations, so now it is up here. So it will be the world’s northernmost electric truck in operation,” press manager Kenneth Tjønndal Pettersen in Posten told NTB.

“A fossil-free vehicle park”

He showed off the new vehicle on Thursday morning. It will transport parcels, letters, and goods between the airport, the post terminal, and the post office in Longyearbyen – a relatively short route.

“Now we have a fossil-free vehicle fleet… Our vehicles and our entire terminal on Svalbard are fully electric,” Pettersen said. 

On the mainland, there is still a way to go before Posten becomes fossil-free, but the experience from Svalbard shows that temperatures do not necessarily stand in the way of the process. At the beginning of the year, 37% of Posten’s vehicles were fossil-free, according to Pettersen.

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