Powertrain electrification technologies promise to significantly improve functionality and cost efficiency.
Several applications for electrified vehicles are being developed, including continuous charging along electric highways and wireless charging on roads for buses. The development is driven by both political initiatives and an increasing market demand. All actors involved – municipalities, academia, the power suppliers, infrastructure and vehicles – must cooperate to grasp this opportunity. In our dialogue with the customers, we gain an understanding on the needs of our customers and customers’ customers. From this position Scania continues to develop the best electrification solutions.
Driving development for electrified roads
Trucks powered by electricity are capable of reducing fossil fuel emissions by 80 to 90 percent and energy consumption with 50 percent or more. In 2016, Scania has been testing this technology in real-life conditions on an electrified road in Sweden.
As part of Sweden’s Gävle Electric Road project, Scania has been conducting trials of trucks on an electrified part of the E16 motorway outside the city of Gävle, several hours north of Stockholm. The programme is aimed at demonstrating and evaluating the feasibility and effectiveness of electric road technology. Trucks in the trial receive electrical power via pantograph power collectors on their roofs which are then connected to overhead power lines. The trucks are equipped with an electric hybrid powertrain developed by Scania.
The Gävle Electric Road project is a cooperative effort between Swedish business as well as government authorities. Trafikverket, Energimyndigheten (the Swedish Energy Agency), the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova, Scania, and Siemens are the chief financiers, and Region Gävleborg is coordinating the project.
Wirelessly charged city bus tested for the first time
Scania has become the first company in Scandinavia to test a wirelessly charged electric-hybrid city bus. The bus starts operating on the streets of Södertälje, Sweden, in late 2016 as part of a research project. The technology allows a charging station to recharge the vehicle wirelessly from the road surface in just 6 to 7 minutes, allowing the bus to go its entire route using renewable electricity.
Wirelessly charged city bus research project is a cooperation between Scania, municipality of Södertälje, KTH (Royal Technical College), SL (Stockholm transport authority), Vattenfall and financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.
Trials of battery electric buses
Scania will start its first field tests of coming battery electric buses in the northern Swedish city of Östersund. Three Scania Citywide LF buses will be in operation from the end of 2017 with an additional three buses added in early 2019.
“Östersund, with its seasonal climate of cold winters and moderately warm summers, is the ideal location for testing performance in actual operations,” says Anna Carmo e Silva, Head of Scania Buses and Coaches. “The trials constitutes the initial stage in the ongoing development of battery electric buses.”