Stronger, longer, and even more efficient: meet Scania’s new battery-electric trucks
Sustainable batteries; longer range; more cab options; enhanced driver experience and energy efficiency: Scania’s new electric trucks for urban and regional operations are a giant step forward for its customers on their electrification journey, as Lydia Liang explains.
Scania only launched its first battery electric vehicle (BEV) in 2020, but when its new 2024 models are revealed in October, they’ll already be a giant step forward on urban and regional customers’ electrification journeys.
That’s because the new enhancements include a new electric machine, as well as more options for axle distances and battery capacity.
“Our customers will now experience a wider offering when specifying an electric truck, meaning that it is now possible for them to electrify even more operations and applications,” explains Lydia Liang, Product Manager eTruck at eMobility Product Management.
“The world’s greenest battery”
Scania’s expansion of the BEV truck modular system to increase the specifications available to its customers reflects the transition towards sustainable transport demands, especially in green battery development.
Significant new advances in battery technology have given the new BEV platform a battery with bigger capacity, offering customers a longer range from a single charge.
In 2020, the first-generation urban battery-electric truck could be driven for up to 250km with 300 kWh of battery power installed. At up to 400 km distance on 624 kWh battery power, the new urban and regional models allow for nearly 40 percent more range than has previously been available.
It’s a cleaner technology too.
“We now have the world’s greenest battery. The cells have been developed through our strategic partnership with Northvolt. And our new in-house battery assembly in Södertälje means we can meet orders and customer demands without relying on external battery pack producers. It really is a historic milestone in our transition from diesel to electric vehicles,” Lydia explains.
Another new feature is the software changes in the electric propulsion unit’s control unit thatto comply with new European legislation for protecting vehicles from cybersecurity risks.
“When we start serial production of the new trucks in June 2024, all these vehicles will comply with the new European cybersecurity standards that are being introduced in July, meaning that these highly digitalised machines have a protection against cyber-attacks, thus protecting our customers’ drivers and their fleet,” says Lydia.
And, using the new Smart Dash feature, Scania trucks can now be closely integrated with everything from the fleet management system to the actual driving environment and an array of cloud-based services for improved safety, uptime and productivity.
More cab options
The new urban platform will be available in L, P and G cab types. For the regional version the current R and S cab options will be supplemented by P and G cab types. The increased cab choice covers the many applications in urban and regional segments.
The electric trucks’ carbon and noise emission reductions, together with their safety features, make them suitable for 24-hour city jobs such as general cargo, temperature-controlled deliveries, refuse collection and hooklift applications. The regional offering’s range increase allows hauliers to meet demands for fossil-free transport throughout the transport value chain.
Better driver experience
For the driver, there is an enhanced driver experience through multiple options for electric machine and the new Smart Dash, which acts as the gateway to the Scania digital ecosystem, improving maintenance, helping drivers stay safe, and boosting uptime.
“I feel very grateful to be part of this journey”
Although Lydia Liang is a recent arrival to Scania, she says she is already fulfilling her career ambition of working with sustainability solutions.
“I only joined Scania last year and I’ve already been able to work on the BEV truck. I feel very grateful to be part of this exciting journey.”
Better for customers
- Urban solution that has 40% more range than the previous model.
- More cab options for both urban and regional models.
- The vehicles comply with new European cybersecurity law, protecting them from cyber-attacks that could threaten vehicle integrity and driver safety. With the new Smart Dash feature, Scania trucks can now be closely integrated with everything from the fleet management system to the actual driving environment and an array of cloud-based services for improved safety, uptime and productivity.
- Smart Dash interface contributes to enhanced driveability.
Impressive new metrics
Battery capacity (urban):
624 kWh or 416 kWh installed; up to 400 km* in range
Battery capacity (regional):
624 kWh or 416 kWh installed; up to 370 km* in range;
*Range is dependent on factors such as climate, topography, vehicle configuration, and road condition.
Wheel configuration (urban):
A/B4x2, 6x2; B6x2*4
Wheel configuration (regional):
A/B4x2, 6x2; B6x2*4
- Chassis optimised for battery electric heavy-duty vehicles
- Multiple Power Take-Off (PTO) options – improved solutions for bodybuilders
- Gross Train Weight of up to 64 tonnes, with further GTW for specific operations in some markets
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