Scania launches fully-electric truck range

Swedish truck firm launches its first fully-electric trucks with operable across a whole day.

The commercial vehicle manufacturer has included a fully electric truck and a plug-in hybrid for urban applications.

CEO of Scania Henrik Henriksson said the firm would also be introducing long-distance electric trucks for fast-charging during compulsory 45-minute rest periods.

UK sales director Vincente Connolly said the launch marked “a significant step in Scania’s development.

He said: “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 under 1.5°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.”

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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 300kWh 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 from zero to 80 percent is approximately 40 minutes for the five-battery option and approximately 65 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

The plug-in hybrid truck, 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.

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