Scania today launches its first series production range of electric trucks, a milestone in the company’s journey as it drives the transition to a more sustainable transport system.
The vehicles in the new range – a fully electric truck and a high-performance plug-in hybrid – focus initially on urban applications, including distribution to retailers.
For Scania (Great Britain) Limited, UK Sales Director Vincente Connolly adds: “With a proven record in delivering premium diesel and renewable fuel trucks, this launch marks a significant step in Scania’s development.
“Over the coming years, we will continue to develop our range of electrified vehicles for all applications, including long-haulage and construction.
“Electrification of the heavy commercial truck fleet is decisive in reaching the Paris Agreement target of limiting global warning to well below 2°C.
“E-vehicles will therefore increasingly become an attractive option and we will, in the initial stages, develop and deploy hybrid and fully electric trucks in partnership with progressive operators who share our ambition and commitment to sustainability.”
The Scania fully electric truck
The Scania fully electric truck – offered in L- and P-series rigid format – is offered with either a 165 or 300 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack to power its 230 kilowatt (kW) electric motor, equal to approximately 310 horsepower.
Five batteries are used for 165 kWh, with nine batteries employed for 300 kWh. With the combustion engine removed, one battery is placed in the former engine tunnel with the remaining four or eight batteries placed along the chassis side. In 300 kWh format, a range of up to 250 kilometres can be achieved on a single charge.
The batteries can be conveniently charged by 130 kW DC using a Combined Charging System (CCS) connector.
The charging time is less than 55 minutes for the five-battery option and less than 100 minutes for the nine-battery option. In addition, the batteries are continuously charged in motion through regenerative braking energy.
Scania’s plug-in hybrid truck
Scania’s plug-in hybrid truck, also available in L- and P-series rigid format, provides opportunities to travel long distances in combustion engine mode and subsequently up to 60 kilometres in electric mode as required. Combined with renewable fuel, Scania’s plug-in hybrid enables operators to significantly reduce their impact upon the environment.
As the plug-in hybrid truck also has a combustion engine, the available space for batteries is less than the fully electric truck. The plug-in hybrid is equipped with three batteries for an installed capacity of 90 kWh for its 115 kW electric motor. The charging time from zero to 80 percent is approximately 35 minutes.
In addition to charging via regenerative braking energy, battery power can also be topped up during loading and unloading. The electric powertrain is combined with combustion engine options ranging from 280–360 horsepower. The vehicle’s range in electric mode is 60 kilometres.
Both these technologies build upon the Scania’s modular system, with components tried-and-tested for durability and reliability throughout Scania’s truck range.
“Although electrified vehicles in certain aspects represent a new technology, we’ve taken all possible steps to ensure that we apply the same unwavering uptime criteria as for our other trucks,” says Anders Lampinen, Director, New Technologies for Scania CV AB. “Scania signifies premium quality and needless to say that characterises our electrified trucks as well.”
In addition to general cargo and temperature-controlled transport, e-trucks can be equipped with a wide range of bodywork, such as hooklifts, tippers, concrete mixers and refuse collectors, as well as secondary support vehicles for the emergency services.
In support of operators looking to be early adopters of electric technology, Scania (Great Britain) Limited will initially be creating a series of regional servicing hubs strategically located throughout the UK. As uptake increases, additional servicing points will be added in accordance with demand.
“We are convinced that progressive customers will be eager to lead the way into electrification by taking the initial steps to future-proof their fleets,” says Vincente Connolly. “In major transport companies with large fleets, implementation gives them an early opportunity to gain experience in this area. Meanwhile, we know that large transport buyers are interested in reducing their carbon footprint.
“Both the plug-in and fully electric truck will be essential for operating in the growing number of urban areas around the world with low-emission city centre zones. They also provide opportunities for increased vehicle utilisation. With silent deliveries, transport services can be extended well into the night and early mornings, avoiding traffic congestion and parking difficulties.
“Studies show that off-peak deliveries can be more than 30 percent quicker than on equivalent daytime transport routes thanks to simpler parking at delivery points, less queuing, higher speeds and more frequent green lights at intersections.”
With the silent mode of both trucks and the remarkable acceleration of the the fully electric truck of 2,200 Nm torque, they offer a very different and exciting driving experience.
“We know that there are plenty of young and experienced drivers that will be attracted not only by tangibly contributing to sustainable transports but also by the opportunity to be among the first on the road with these trucks of the future,” concludes Vincente Connolly.
Scania, a part of TRATON SE, is a world-leading provider of transport solutions. Operating in more than 100 countries worldwide and employing 52,100 people, Scania delivered 88,000 trucks, 8,500 buses and coaches, and 12,800 industrial and marine engines in 2018. Net sales totalled more than SEK 137 billion, of which about 20 percent were services-related.
In the UK, Scania is a major supplier of trucks, buses, coaches and engines for industrial and marine applications. Additionally, the company provides a wide range of complementary and ancillary services in support of its products and customers through its 86-strong network of service centres. In 2019, Scania’s share of the UK heavy truck market was 23.5% and its combined bus and coach market share amounted to 11.5%.