With the new Scania trucks, customers will be able to operate rigids or tractor-and-trailer combinations such as temperature-controlled food transports. Ranges vary with weight, configuration and topography, but a 4x2 tractor with six batteries can expect up to 350km between each charging, with an average speed of 80km/h on motorways. Fixed routes that provide for planned charging at the home depot or at the destination are most favourable. Opportunity charging during the driver’s mandatory 45 minutes rest will of course increase the operative range.
Fredrik Allard, senior vice president and head of electrification at Scania, said: “Scania has now reached a favourable maturity regarding our electrified offer. With this major addition to our existing hybrids and the BEVs for urban distribution we introduced in 2020, we can now offer a sustainable and multifaceted portfolio of zero-emission solutions for our customers.”
The new Scania BEV trucks can initially be ordered as 4x2 tractors or as 6x2*4 rigids. A 4x2 tractor will need an axle distance of 4,150 mm when carrying six batteries, thus benefiting from the Increased Vehicle Dimension regulation in Europe. Gross train weights up to 64 tons, as per the typical Nordic combination, can be specified.
The charging capability is up to 375kW, which means that an hour of charging will add some 270 to 300 km of range, as a rule of thumb. The continuous power output level for a Scania 45 R or S is 410 kW (equivalent to some 560 hp). The next-level Scania electrified trucks can now be ordered by taking up a dialogue with Scania representatives, and production will commence in the October-December 2023 period.
“This introduction represents a major milestone for us and for our partners,” says Christian Levin, Scania’s CEO. “We are now increasing our range in every dimension by offering new opportunities for a vast selection of customers and the whole transport ecosystem. These trucks are part of solutions that contain all the capabilities that a transport industry longing for electrification is asking for.”
The latest electric Scania trucks are accompanied by support with operational factors and services such as charging, finance, insurance and maintenance.