Electrification is central in a sustainable, decarbonised transport system. Electric vehicles operate cleanly and quietly, with zero particle and NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions and a greatly reduced total carbon footprint (electricity provided from fossil-free energy sources). Battery technology is improving rapidly, and other solutions such as fuel cell technology are in development.
While electrification has major benefits for our climate and air quality, it also brings new sustainability challenges. It puts increasing strain on the battery raw materials supply chain, creating knock-on environmental and human rights risks. To be truly sustainable, these risks must be managed carefully. Mass adoption of electric vehicles are depending on infrastructure with charging solutions, widely available. The transport industry needs to take
an active role in developing this infrastructure, working in partnership with infrastructure providers, electricity producers, and governments.
Buses, trucks, e-machines
In September 2020 Scania launched the first commercially available, fully electric truck, together with a high-performance hybrid truck. The truck launch followed the launch 2019 of the fully electric Citywide bus, offering speedy in-route charging and a battery capacity capable of covering most city routes. At the same time, Scania is launching e-machines for other applications such as electrified power systems concept for motorised heavy equipment.
Scania is committed to launching at least one new electrified solution every year from now on. By 2025, Scania expects that electrified vehicles will account for around 10 percent of our total vehicle sales volumes in Europe and by 2030, 50 percent of our total vehicle sales volumes are expected to be electrified. Currently, Scania’s (Battery Electric Vehicle) BEVs are focused on urban applications. However, advances in battery technology will soon make long-haul, heavy transport solutions possible. In a few years, we will introduce
long-distance electric trucks capable of carrying a total weight of 40 tons for 4.5 hours, and fast-charge during the drivers’ compulsory 45-minute rest periods.
As the production of BEVs ramps up, so will demand for batteries. To prepare for the electrified future, Scania is making major investments in battery production, testing and deployment, to secure durability and safety, building on the flexibility of the modular system.
For electrified transport to be truly sustainable, the industry needs sustainable batteries. Scania is working in partnership with battery specialist Northvolt to develop battery cell technology for heavy commercial vehicles. Northvolt was founded on a mission to build the world’s greenest battery cell, with a minimal carbon footprint and the highest ambitions for recycling.
Great vehicles are crucial, but Scania’s customers also need a reliable, sustainable energy infrastructure to power them. To enable this, major investments are required to upgrade the current electricity grid infrastructure, and to shift to renewable energy sources to supply the grid.
Heavy vehicles have different charging requirements than passenger cars, and the transition demands a mega-charger infrastructure where trucks can recharge quickly in depots and along the roads. This could be combined with electric highway solutions, allowing vehicles on the busiest routes to charge on the move using overhead power lines. Scania is currently trialing this solution in Germany and Italy, in partnership with regional public authorities.
For our customers, finding the right charging solution can be a complex challenge. In 2020, Scania joined forces with the global energy group ENGIE and their subsidiary EVBox Group to provide a complete depot charging solution to transport providers in 13 European countries. The solution encompasses energy supply, charging hardware and software as well as installation, maintenance, and other related services adapted to customer’s specific needs.
2020-11-17 Scania invests in battery assembly plant
With the rapid expansion of Scania’s electrified range of trucks, buses and engines, the company plans to, over several years, invest well over 1 billion SEK in a battery assembly plant in Södertälje, Sweden. The initial step is a 18,000-square metre facility and the construction will start early 2021 with the aim to be fully operational by 2023.
2020-11-17 Scania builds battery laboratory
With Scania’s planned rapid introduction of electric vehicles over the coming years, there is a concurrent need to intensify battery testing and tailored deployment. Scania is therefore investing EUR 15.5 million in a new battery laboratory at its research and development facilities in Södertälje, Sweden.
2020-09-15 Scania’s new hybrid truck with 60 km electric range
Scania’s new plug-in hybrid truck, with an electric range of up to 60 kilometres, combines the best of two worlds. It offers the flexible opportunities of the combustion engine with the outstanding benefits of silent and emission-free propulsion.
2020-09-15 Scania launches fully electric truck with 250 km range
Scania now launches its first fully electric truck. With a range of up to 250 km, the Scania electric truck can operate during the whole day and still return safely to its home depot for overnight charging. If there is a need for an extended range, the driver can fast charge the truck over a break or during natural stops in operation.
2020-09-15 Milestone in Scania’s electrification – introduces first commercial electric truck range
Scania today commercially launches its range of electric trucks, a milestone in its aim to be leading in the transition to a sustainable transport system. The high-performance plug-in hybrid and fully electric trucks initially focus on urban applications, including distribution to retailers.