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The many shapes of innovative partnerships

Partnerships go hand-in-hand with innovation in Scania’s aim to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system.

It is key to Scania remaining agile and enable us to have an influence on the future. We are staying as close as possible to the evolving ecosystem of sustainable transport by working with a range of different organisations. By working with public and private sector partners in an integrated way Scania believes that we can help find the shortest distance and time to a sustainable transport system. While this aim of our collaborations is ultimately the same, the point of departure varies. We think of the different modes of collaboration as Rethinking transport, Targeted shifts, Breakthrough innovations and Industry partnerships and we cross-fertilise our learning between

Rethinking Transport

Working with others helps us create a more effective framework for sustainable transport – by working in multi-stakeholder groups on sustainable urban planning and infrastructure development.

Examples include:

  • The Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL) is a joint initiative between Scania, Ericsson and Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). It is bringing together research and demonstrations with a system approach to new infrastructure, vehicle concepts, business models and policies.
  • In the project Activity Based City, Scania, construction group Skanska, consultancy firm WSP and rail operator MTR drive city development in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable way, where people are at the centre and where digitalisation plays an important part.

Targeted shifts

Enabling advances in a specific part of the transport and mobility system – such as developing a new type of electric road or gas infrastructure in partnership with a city. Examples include:

  • In the world’s first electric road project, two electrically-powered Scania trucks are running for the second year near the Swedish city of Gävle. It is the first time trucks drive a route in open highway traffic, using conductive technology. Scania and Siemens plan a similar project in Germany and a new innovation partnership between Sweden and Germany has been established to focus on innovation and cooperation for a sustainable future.
  • Our work with Ericsson on using 5G communications networks in transport is another example of partnerships aimed at accelerating necessary paradigm shifts.

Breakthrough innovations

Partnership and cooperation around specific technical or business model innovations, including:

  • Together with Asko, Norway’s largest food wholesaler, Scania will start testing trucks with an electric powertrain in which the electrical energy is converted from hydrogen gas in fuel cells on board the vehicles. The hydrogen gas will be produced locally, using solar cells.
  • Scania starts its first field tests of battery electric buses in Östersund, Sweden. Two new charging stations are planned to supply the six buses of the 14-kilometre major bus line. With 10-minute charging, buses can run every 15 minutes for a total of 100 journeys each day. Trials are carried out in collaboration with public authorities, energy supplier Jämtkraft and bus operator Nettbuss.
  • Scania and Finnish haulier Ahola are cooperating on semi-autonomous truck platooning and other new transport technologies relating to driver assistance. Ahola will use Scania trucks on Finnish highways in real-traffic conditions to test semi-autonomous platooning formations with three or more connected trucks: a driver in the first truck and the following vehicles autonomously driven. The agreement is another important step towards makinga semi-autonomous platooning solution a regular commercial reality.

Industry Partnerships

Developing holistic solutions where innovations are tuned and optimised in chorus in real world. Examples include:

  • In 2017 Scania and global logistics provider HAVI started collaborating on sustainable transport and logistics solutions. Using Scania´s new generation trucks and solutions in transport operations to and from McDonald’s restaurants in several European countries, with a projected reduction of CO2 emissions that ranges from 15 to 40 percent for every kilometre driven. The partnership involves the transport buyers, the transporters, Scania and the fuel and infrastructure suppliers.
  • In 2017 Scania joined the Global Industry Partnership, with a commitment to provide modern soot-free buses to 20 major cities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australia. The initiative is led by the International Council on Clean Transportation, ICCT, and UN Environment in cooperation with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Centro Mario Molina, Chile.
  • Through the initiative Etha, Scania is cooperating with ethanol supplier Lantmännen Agroetanol to provide dairy company Arla with a climate-smart distribution system that reduces carbon dioxide emissions by about 11.5 tonnes per truck per year.
  • Scania and Northvolt will partner up to develop and commercialise battery cell technology for heavy commercial vehicles. Vehicle electrification is rapidly advancing and offers a favourable path towards more sustainable transport solutions. For heavy trucks and buses, continued development of both charging infrastructure and battery cell technology is crucially needed for a widespread market breakthrough in commercially viable electrification. Battery cells must be more sustainable, more robust and offered at more a competitive cost than presently available. As technology leaders in both fields, the two companies will establish expert teams that work side by side together at Northvolt’s planned development facilities. Production of battery cells is energy intensive and Sweden offers a solid supply of costeffective green energy. The country is therefore well suited for large scale sustainable battery production.