Smart partnerships to drive the shift
Decarbonising the heavy transport sector is not something that can be done by a single organisation or company, so Scania is working with partners across the transport industry and beyond.
At Scania, we believe partnerships are at the heart of driving the shift to sustainable transport. By harnessing our modular approach and working with others across our ecosystem, we can promote the adoption of today’s sustainable solutions, while developing the technology and creating the conditions that will support the transport system of tomorrow.
Scania currently works with a wide range of like-minded partners to find viable sustainable transport solutions, including municipalities, academia, customers, customers’ customers, other industrial companies, infrastructure suppliers and fuel and energy providers.
By teaming up with various infrastructure stakeholders Scania can help create the conditions necessary for our customers to decarbonise their fleets. Our partners here include oil and gas companies with renewable fuels in their portfolios, manufacturers of synthetic fuels and power generation companies. By working with them, we are helping to expand the distribution network for renewable fuels, and increase access to sources of renewable energy for transport.
Scania has also entered into several strategic partnerships with customers that have existing or potential access to biofuels through their operations, in order to increase the local availability of biofuels.
Decarbonising the transport sector requires systematic change on a scale that society has never experienced before. Achieving this goal calls for collaboration and partnerships that go beyond the traditional boundaries of the transport system.
Scania recognises this, and has initiated several strategic partnerships with technology companies, industry leaders, academia and government decision-makers to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system.
Scania’s academic partnerships include The Integrated Transport Research Lab, a joint initiative between Scania, Ericsson and Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology that explores new approaches to transport that could address global environmental challenges. Other collaborations include the Scania Center of Innovation and Operational Excellence, a research facility set up in partnership with the Stockholm School of Economics, which explores business models for the future transport ecosystem.
On the technology side Scania is part of a consortium of seven European partners that are developing the ProPART system, a software solution that improves the accuracy of positioning sensors in autonomous vehicles. Other technology partnerships include a €10M investment in the next-generation battery company Northvolt, to develop and commercialise battery cell technology for heavy commercial vehicles. Scania is also working with Haylion Technologies to develop autonomous and electrified vehicles for the Chinese transport market.
A good example of close collaboration with government authorities is the development of electric road infrastructure for electrified heavy vehicles. In Germany, Scania and Siemens are involved in the Trucks for German eHighways project, co-financed by the German government through the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. A similar project is underway in northern Italy, involving the regional road authority Concessioni Autostradali Lombarde.
TRATON Group collaboration
As a member of the TRATON Group, Scania is able to draw from a shared pool of expertise and knowledge, harnessing synergies with other group members to drive innovation. One recent example is our partnership with MAN to develop a joint engine platform. Through close collaboration and trust, the project team is creating a drive system for heavy-duty commercial vehicles that will set new standards in terms of efficiency, and which can further reduce carbon emissions when used with renewable fuels.
The TRATON partnership boosts innovation and drives cost efficiency, meaning we can invest earlier in innovation and bring ideas to market more quickly.
HITS - Improving transport flows in cities
Improving transport flows and addressing traffic congestion is key to creating safer, cleaner and more liveable cities. To address the challenge, Scania has launched HITS (Sustainable and Integrated Urban Transport System). The initiative brings together partners from across the transport ecosystem, from city authorities to logistics companies and academics, to explore efficient urban transport solutions.
The project is led by Scania, funded by innovation agency Vinnova and coordinated by transport platform CLOSER.
Issues that the HITS initiative is exploring include the challenges of dealing with increased urban waste and online package deliveries, and the potential role of transport hubs in improving logistical flows.