The days of the fossil-fuelled vehicle are numbered. For the transport system to become sustainable, it must be rapidly decarbonised – and that depends in large part on drastically ramping up the use of electric vehicles.
At Scania, phasing out carbon emissions from our rolling fleet is a key part of our strategy, and we have a science-based target in place to support this. Shifting to electric is vital to realising that goal.
Scania’s electrification journey started as early as 2014 with our electric hybrid buses, followed by hybrid trucks in 2016. Today, we offer battery electric vehicles (BEV) and hybrid and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicles (HEV/ PHEV), designed for a wide range of applications, from urban buses to long-distance trucks capable of handling gross train weight (GTW) of up to 64 tonnes – together with all the services needed to support them.
At the same time, we are working with our battery and charging infrastructure partners to make charging points available wherever our customers need them, and reduce the charging time these vehicles will require, keeping our vehicles on the road for longer.
By 2030, more than half of our new vehicles sales volume is expected to come from electrically powered vehicles.
The progress we have made in electrification to date is just the beginning of our journey. In the coming years, electric solutions will make up a greater portion of our portfolio, and will be available for an even wider range of applications.
What's coming next
By 2030, half of our annual sales volume will come from electric solutions, that is our ambition in the strive to cut climate emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. Our customers will continue to have very different transport needs in the future. As our development of electrical solutions ramps up over the coming years Scania’s modular system ensures our ability to quickly scale up and offer customers a broad range of applications.
Electrified transport involves a complex network of interdependent elements, including not just vehicles but also charging requirements. To remove this complexity for our customers, all our electric vehicles are offered as part of a complete solution. Along with the vehicle, we also provide tailored services, depot charging solutions and repair and maintenance contracts, all managed and optimised through remote analytics.
Scania’s global sales readiness process for battery electric trucks is a systematic market-by-market approach focusing on preparing the local market conditions, workshop capabilities and customer profiles.
Charging – the key to electrified transport
A prerequisite for a successful charging infrastructure build-out is of course access to electric grid and fossil- free electricity. At Scania, we are committed to working with partners to build and scale charging infrastructure. Within TRATON GROUP, Scania and MAN, together with competitors Daimler Truck and Volvo Group have signed a binding agreement to install and operate public charging network for battery electric, heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches in Europe. In 2022 the final step was completed and a joint venture for charging infrastructure in Europe was formed with plans to install and operate at least 1,700 high-performance fossil-free charge points on, and close to, highways and logistics hubs across Europe. The official brand name of the joint venture charging network is Milence.
Watch the video below and learn more Learn more about the public charging network.
Batteries: new impacts, new challenges
Scania has the ambition to work with batteries in closed loops, meaning we work in partnership and pilot possibilities to reuse and repurpose the batteries before recycling them at the end of the battery life.
While the electrification of transport brings major environmental benefits, it also creates new social challenges – in particular, those related to the raw materials needed for battery production. Responsible mineral and battery material sourcing is a major issue on the global sustainability agenda, as extraction of these materials can be linked to violence, conflict and human rights abuses.
As part of the supply chain sustainability work we carry out within the Volkswagen Group, we have identified four battery raw materials that we consider high risk: cobalt, lithium, graphite and rare earth elements such as neodymium. Through our supply chain management system, we work continuously to improve the traceability of these materials and identify risks, working with independent auditors and certification initiatives to raise standards and ensure we are using minerals from responsible sources.
64-tonne electric Scania truck
Scania's Electric Trucks enables an 100% emission free operation. With up to 250km range on a single charge, you can cover both short and medium range in a sustainable way.
An electric Scania 45P with a total weight of 64 tonnes will be put into regular operations in Northern Europe´s largest active limestone quarry.