Scania’s electric solutions – simplicity in a complex transition
21 DECEMBER 2020
In the future, every transport can be electric. And for a more sustainable world, most must. But replacing a diesel truck with an electrified is more than simply exchanging an old vehicle for a new.
Electrification is essential for a future sustainable transport industry with significantly lower carbon emissions. Scania now has an electric range of both trucks and buses, and solution packages as a complete turnkey operation.
However, transitioning to an electrified fleet entails fundamentally changing time-tested business practices and fleet management systems as well as logistics planning and infrastructure. All this is complex, yet inevitable, as transport companies embark upon electrification. Still, local incentives play a major part in the speed of the transition, and it will be necessary for politicians to make using an electrified vehicle economically viable for haulage companies.
“The industry is breaking new ground and the road ahead involves a multitude of factors to consider. That’s why we are doing our utmost to assist in making a smooth transition, initially advising in optimising the electric vehicle tailored to the specific operation considering battery, energy efficiency, charging and bodywork integration,” says Anders Lampinen, Director New Technologies.
Powered throughout the day
Every electric Scania vehicle is packaged as a solution that leverages everything from the vehicles and services via comprehensive driver training to partnerships with energy suppliers and long term guidance.
Firstly, routes and transports determine charging and infrastructure needs. “This is perhaps most important and we will assist the customer in establishing efficient charging facilities.” Also, understand when, where and how to charge batteries is key, preferably with clean, renewable energy. The cost saver in terms of energy is to use individually-adapted charging stations, and to use overnight charging at the home depot as much as possible.
As much uptime as possible
Electric vehicle technology on this scale is novel, and besides charging, individual implementation and long term maintenance practices are far from standardised between vehicle manufacturers. “This places new and different requirements on workshop skill sets, knowledge and certifications to support that technology, and is why we put in great effort to train our workshop personnel.”
Scania’s network for repair and maintenance is subsequently needed to ensure maximum uptime and long-term viability. Each customer is addressed individually to assess needs and provide tools that solve all issues that may arise and support the customer. A full repair and maintenance contract guarantees complete coverage, ability to plan and cost control.
Risen to the challenge
“Regardless if electrification concerns a huge fleet of buses or a small truck operation, it’s vital that this transition is viable for our customers’ business. The electric vehicles must fit into their daily operations. We have risen to that challenge and, with the electric vehicle at the core, added comprehensive solutions to makes it all work.”
Electrified operations come with many questions. That is why Scania provides answers and concrete solutions. To help implement tailor-made solutions for every possible aspect of electrified operations. “We understand our customers’ operation, every pitfall and every new opportunity.”
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