Feskeleveransen: now shrimps get an electric-powered ride to the Fish Church


In November 2014 a new, ingenious way of delivering sea food from the fish quay to  the fish merchants of  Feskekôrka (the Fish Church) started. Feskekörka is a meeting point for everyone who appreciates the widest range of fresh fish and shellfish in Sweden. Here you will find two top top-class restaurants and can get involved in activities like wine-tasting and oyster opening -  you can even hold events and parties in this historic environment.

Feskeleveransen is the name of the specially-built, electric-powered  vehicle providing fish merchants with a  more sustainable way of transporting their sea food. The same type of transport is also being used for other deliveries in central Gothenburg. The vehicle fulfils the transport requirements for this particular type of delivery. It also provides us with one example of the many ways electric vehicles can be used to transport goods in the city centre.

Anette Thorén is Project Manager for Urban Freight at Urban Transport Administration: “We wanted to develop a clean vehicle and also to reduce the number of trips to and from Feskekôrka. It’s better if there are fewer vehicles driving in the centre of the city and it makes it easier for visitors to get around. The delivery van is quiet and environmentally-friendly, helping make the centre a more attractive place. The aim is that fish merchants will collaborate, loading fish and shellfish from the fish quay onto the vehicle for delivery to their customers, so making full use of its potential."

Feskeleveransen started as a solution to the challenges posed by the extensive re-development of the Rosenlund area, which involved the removal of parking and unloading areas around the building. Christoffer Widengren of CW Logistikutveckling has been involved from the beginning: ”We wanted to reduce the number of vehicles different fish merchants had parked along the street and encourage them to share a vehicle. Developing this van has been a challenge. It ’s unusually high and narrow, and it needed to be well-insulated and easy to clean. The cab and the storage areas are equipped with specially-built units.”

Discussions with fish merchants and property owner Higab about possible transport solutions started in spring 2012, and a year later it was time to discuss the type of vehicle required. One fish merchant in particular was very interested and full of ideas. Peter Hvarfenius of Qvirist at Feskekôrka now drives Feskeleveransen: ”Driving an environmentally-friendly car in the city centre feels right, and I’m sure others will copy us. Many of my colleagues are already interested and making enquiries. The van isn’t big enough for all the fish merchants at Feskekôrka but you have to start somewhere, don’t you? It’s about the environment – we do it because it’s the right thing to do. You get a positive reaction too. Lots of people smile when they see you coming."

Anette Thorén