The electric snowplow, built on a Volvo FH chassis by Swiss company Designwerk Technologies AG, has a range of 60 miles (97 km) with a 50-ton payload. After a week of testing in harsh winter conditions, the results have been highly positive.
Defying the Winter Elements
While traditional snowplows struggle with snow, wind, and low temperatures, the electric snowplow has proven its mettle. Despite the challenging conditions, the battery capacity only dropped from 90% to 28% during a nine-hour shift, with an average energy consumption of 182 kWh per 100 km.
The trial is not only testing the endurance of the vehicle but also examining its performance in different weather conditions and optimizing the charging process. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration and other European organizations are looking for sustainable solutions for winter road maintenance, with electric vehicles playing a key role.
Building on Previous Trials
The testing of electric snowplows on the E6 Dovrefjell highway is part of a broader project to assess their effectiveness in winter conditions. This is the second trial; the first took place in Trondheim in 2021, where an electric wheel loader was used to clear sidewalks and cycle paths, but its battery capacity was insufficient.
The success of the 1,000 kWh electric snowplow is a significant step towards a more sustainable future for winter road maintenance. With its impressive performance and range, this innovative vehicle has the potential to revolutionize the way we keep our roads clear and safe in the winter months.