sennder Team • November 8, 2023

sennder and Scania establish JUNA, a joint venture to drive large-scale electric truck adoption and accelerate decarbonization of European road logistics

JUNA electric truck driving on road
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Overview with key points

  • By combining sennder’s proprietary technology with Scania’s premium electric truck offering, JUNA introduces a pioneering pay-per-use model that provides carriers with access to electric truck solutions and capacity utilization guarantee from sennder.

  • The flexible service model makes it easier for carriers to switch to electric trucks, eliminating upfront costs and potential residual value concerns. And, by guaranteeing access to loads on sennder’s digital platform, JUNA ensures commercial predictability for the carriers.

  • JUNA, already operating with a first carrier that benefits from sennder’s load transportation guarantee for its customers, is driving the electrification of road logistics, catering to the surging demand for low-emission transportation.

Berlin, Södertälje, 8 November 2023 — Scania CV AB (“Scania”), a global leader in transport solutions, and sennder Technologies GmbH (“sennder”), a leading digital road freight forwarder in Europe, announce today that they have formed JUNA, a new joint venture to unlock electric solutions in road logistics across Europe. The joint venture, which has already successfully launched in Germany, aims to advance large-scale electric truck adoption in Europe and to drive the transition towards a sustainable logistics industry, in line with the goals of the European Union’s Green Deal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

JUNA, a Berlin-based company (GmbH), introduces an innovative pay-per-use model for electric trucks, which are two to three times more expensive than conventional vehicles, to effectively unlock large-scale electric truck adoption. JUNA enables access to electric trucks and guaranteed transport volumes, by granting access to spot and contract loads on sennder’s digital platform. In doing so, JUNA removes the obstacles of electric truck adoption for carriers, including the financial challenges associated with high upfront costs and residual value, and provides carriers with commercial predictability through guaranteed use. Leveraging Scania’s premium electric trucks and tailored services and sennder’s proprietary technology that connects small and medium carriers with shippers, JUNA combines the strength of both companies to accelerate the decarbonization of European road logistics. As early as 2024, JUNA will significantly increase the presence of e-trucks in Germany by providing up to 100 e-trucks to carriers via JUNA’s pay-per-use-model. By 2030, JUNA is aiming to deploy 5,000 electric trucks, significantly increasing the current number of electric trucks on the roads.

The innovative model offers a holistic package, including premium electric vehicle, repair, maintenance, insurance, digital and electric services, in addition to usage-based fees and sennder’s contractual commitment to ensure truck utilization, to transform the landscape for carriers. Through data analysis, JUNA optimizes electrification strategies and simulates routes for electric truck suitability. By removing the risks associated with electric truck adoption and streamlining operations, JUNA will play a pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions and advancing the transition to low-emission transportation.

A pilot program has recently been successfully launched with a first carrier driving a JUNA electric truck on renewable energy up to ten times a week for an FMCG shipper and sennder customer in the Stuttgart region of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. With the potential to achieve an annual reduction of 93 tonnes of CO₂e emissions for the first truck alone, the program’s scope will be expanded to encompass long-distance routes in 2024. The operation relies on existing public charging infrastructure in Germany, with per-kilometer costs comparable to current diesel expenses.

“This is a pivotal moment for our industry and we are excited to be partnering with Scania to create a joint venture that will propel e‑truck’s widespread adoption. Given that e‑trucks cost two to three times more than diesel trucks and that 70 per cent of all trucks in Europe are owned by small carriers with less than 10 trucks, the combination of JUNA’s pay‑per‑use offering and sennder’s capacity utilization will effectively remove the barriers to adopting e‑trucks.”
— David Nothacker, CEO of sennder

Gustaf Sundell, Executive Vice President and Head of Ventures and New Business at Scania, says: “JUNA is the result of a collaboration between two companies with complementary expertise in the areas of electric vehicles and digital logistics, which will accelerate the transition to electrified heavy transports. Scania is exploring new solutions to find ways of creating value for our customers now and in the future and we are proud to see this project with sennder come to life. We believe it will play an important role in driving the shift to a sustainable transport system.”

The two parties signed a joint venture agreement in May, and the necessary approval by the European Commission has been obtained.

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About JUNA

JUNA is a joint venture between Scania CV and sennder Technologies GmbH that focuses on the development of innovative electric road logistics solutions in Europe. Founded in 2023 in Berlin, the company introduces electric truck solutions through a unique pay-per-use model, that enables access to electric trucks and guaranteed transport volumes by granting access to loads on sennder’s digital platform. In doing so, JUNA effectively removes the main barriers to the introduction of electric trucks for carriers to accelerate the decarbonization of European road logistics. The joint venture combines the expertise of both industry leaders: from the sennder team, JUNA is managed by Matteo Oberto as CEO and Thomas Ertel as CTO, and from the Scania team by Johan Kjellner as COO and André Söderstjerna as CFO.

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About Scania

Scania is a world-leading provider of transport solutions. Together with our partners and customers we are driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. In 2022, we delivered 80,238 trucks, 4,994 buses as well as 13,400 industrial and marine power systems to our customers. Net sales totaled to over SEK 170 billion, of which over 20 percent were service-related. Founded in 1891, Scania now operates in more than 100 countries and employs nearly 57,000 people. Research and development are mainly concentrated in Sweden. Production takes place in Europe and Latin America with regional product centers in Africa and Asia. Scania is part of TRATON GROUP.

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About sennder

sennder, a leading digital road freight forwarder in Europe, is offering shippers access to a connected fleet of thousands of trucks. In a traditional industry sennder is moving fast and focuses on the digitalization and automation of all road logistics processes. sennder deploys over 40,000 trucks across Europe, with access to more than 120,000 vehicles, and has a team of over 1,000 people. By leveraging its proprietary technology, sennder builds an ecosystem that leads the industry into the 21st century with a new degree of transparency, efficiency and flexibility. sennder is backed by some of Europe’s leading investors including Baillie Gifford, Accel, Laeekestar, HV Capital, Project A, Scania Growth Capital, and Poste Italiane. Additionally, sennder joined forces with industry champions Scania and Siemens to assure innovation and state of the art offerings.

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