EthaDrive – A powerful solution to mitigate CO2 emissions from heavy trucks

EthaDrive – A powerful solution to mitigate CO2 emissions from heavy trucks

EthaDrive is an innovation cluster and unique showcase for low emitting heavy transports running on the clean highblended bioethanol fuel ED95, produced in Sweden, powered by efficient engines from the Swedish vehicle manufacturer Scania. Together proving that the transformation towards a fossil free transport sector can be implemented now, creating mitigations of in route emissions by 90%, compared to fossil alternatives.

EthaDrive is a showcase displaying a turnkey solution combining an operational and available biofuel, efficient vehicles and accessible filling stations into a transport solution with a large future potential.

The vehicles are equipped with Scania’s newly introduced powerful 13-liter Euro VI engine adapted for ethanol which is suitable for a broad range of applications such as e.g. line haul, regional distribution, infrastructure and construction work.

ED95, is an ethanol based biofuel tailored for heavy vehicles. It is produced locally in Sweden by two fuelproducers. The properties of the fuel are optimized for high performing engines in terms of power, reduced CO2 emission and large reductions of NOx and particle emissions. Feedstock can come from agricultural sources, waste and residues from the forestry industry and waste with high sugar or starch content from the food production sector. Co benefits from the production of ethanol is commercial carbon acid, used for soft drinks and high protein animal feed that replaces imported soy protein.

The purpose of the innovation cluster EthaDrive is to show the large potentials in using bioethanol based fuels as energy source in the transport sector. The cluster bring together forwarders, road carriers and haulage contractors to test and experience the use of fossil free technology and fuels first hand. Transport buyers, the research community, policy makers and public procurement officials are target groups to share insights and fact based communication, aiming at increasing the level of knowledge about the potential role of bioethanol as a clean energy source for the heavy transport sector, available now.

EthaDrive is a cross industry cooperation between Scania, Lantmännen Agroetanol, Sekab Biofuels and Chemicals and the Swedish Energy Agency.

EthaDrive creates benefits for multiple stakeholders:

  • The turnkey solution (biofuel, vehicles and filling stations) deliver clear benefits to the hole transport value chain from transport buyers to forwarders and to the society.
  • The innovation cluster support the market introduction of new technologies such as engines and biofuels, into new sectors and geographical markets.
  • Increased demand for Swedish biofuel, with high CO2 mitigation potential.
  • Vehicle owners get an opportunity to, with a minimum risk exposure, test and evaluate fossil free trucks powered by ED95.
  • Increased cooperation both horizontal and vertical within the value chain to increase knowledge about the potential of biofuels and modern vehicle technology among transport buyers, policy makers and public procurement officials. In the long run affecting their behavior, which can lead to increased demand for fossil free transport services and support implementations of policies that increase market incentives to decrease CO2 emissions to meet the requirements of the Paris-agreement.


The total budget was originally  1,76 MEUR but due to the pandemic the target and budget has been revised downwards. Funding is divided between the Swedish Energy agency and the participating companies.

Building on the insights and learnings from EthaDrive, additional funding will open up for a large scaleup, enabling rapid transformation of heavy transports to fossil free biofuel.


EthaDrive was established in October 2019 and will go on through 2021.

Contact information

Peter Henriksson
+46 703 23 28 28

Swedish green Recovery

The timing of the European Green Deal and the Climate law is excellent. Since around the time of the Paris agreement, there is an impatient willingness to act in the business sector, and we need authorities to catalyse this development.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat was founded to support Sweden’s ambition to decarbonize the transport sector. The Swedish Climate Law set an ambitious sector target for transport –  70 percent reduction of carbon dioxide by 2030. Through 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations the 2030-secretariat is supporting this ambitious development, independent of technical solutions or political parties. We are convinced that we need to work in parallel on behaviour, fuels (all low carbon or zero emission fuels) and vehicle technologies. All is needed.

We invited partners to send in proposals that fit well within Green recovery under the Green Deal. We have collected some 30 proposals, mostly in Sweden, in different areas using different technologies. We, the 2030-secretariat, are a Coalition of the willing with a focus on the target year 2030. There are many initiatives brewing in Sweden.

We strongly support initiatives like the Green recovery fund, and we see an increasing interest to take part. In this work we would like to stress the following:

• Allow for a multitude of solutions. We do not know which technology will be decisive, but we do know that many different technologies will be needed

• Changing our behaviour and the use of digital mobility is as important as legislation for vehicles or fuels. The 2020’s is the decade of digitalization, let’s invite digital solutions into the mobility sector

• Avoid having the good alternatives compete. The future is a combo; electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, biogas and some of the new fuels entering the market

• Do not separate fuels in generations or levels of sophistication. We are interested in the greenhouse gas reduction potential of the fuels, not what they are called

We sense a strong willingness to move forward, a season of change that is both needed and welcome. We hope that these initiatives can inspire. If you like an idea – steal it, if you want to participate, contact the person listed by the project. But most importantly, get inspired by what is possible.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat is made up of 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations joined in one common goal – supporting Sweden in reaching a 70 percent reduction of CO2 in the Swedish transport sector by 2030. We work in three areas, all equally important: vehicle technology, fuels and electrification and behaviour. All three important areas that need to deliver if we are to reach the climate target for the transport sector. The 2030-secretariat is independent from individual companies and political parties and does not favour any specific technology or solution. The reduction of CO2 is what counts. We are equally inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation as we are with grit, the on-going task of increasing efficiency. We need all to reach the climate targets.