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Pressroom: Exciting electrification

Electric power from the roadway for vehicle operations offers promising opportunities. With conductive electrical transmission through overhead lines or induction through the road surface, vehicles can be completely electrically powered on electrified road sections.

Technology for sustainable transport

Obtaining electric power from the roadway for vehicle operations offers promising opportunities. A future system of electrified roads has a number of advantages: there is less environmental impact from operation of vehicles, electrified powertrains are more efficient than ordinary internal combustion engines and power can be supplied to the vehicles without needing to use heavy batteries.

Two technologies

Scania is presently testing two technologies in this field: Scania’s powertrain technology with a hybrid powertrain can be supplemented by conductive electrical transmission through overhead lines, or powered through the road surface using induction, and thus become completely electrically powered on electrified road sections.

Decoupling growth

“Transport plays a vital role in society, moving goods and providing mobility for people,” says Scania’s President and CEO Martin Lundstedt. “Our sector creates opportunities for wealth and development worldwide. Now our industry’s challenge is to deliver that value sustainably – above all by decoupling transport growth from CO2 emissions.”

Halved emissions

Scania is convinced that carbon dioxide emissions per tonne-kilometre can be halved by the year 2020 with a further 50-percent reduction possible by 2030. “We realise that it is possible to break the link between increased transport volume and increased emissions,” says Martin Lundstedt.

This calls for a host of measures, including improving transport solutions and logistics, making drivers more skilful, biofuels and, not least, exploring new technological solutions.