Scania, a division of Volkswagen's commercial vehicle arm Traton, plans to introduce one or more new all-electric models annually. In addition, to the fleet of inner-city delivery vehicles, battery-electric trucks are being introduced for long-distance transport.
The new electric truck models offer several cab configurations with a 624 kWh battery. Scania claims that it has numerous potential regional applications for businesses. CEO Christian Levin explains that the company has reached a significant milestone with its regional transportation models. Performance and range-wise, electric vehicles are competitive with standard trucks in their respective fields of use. In addition, they are vastly superior to traditional automobiles in fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions.
Scania claims that many businesses find it challenging to make the transition from gas-powered to electric trucks. Because of this, the charging infrastructure, service, maintenance, financing models, and insurance offers are all there to back up the customers.
The new electric trucks can haul up to 64 tons in the regional setting. The article's featured image depicts a long-haul Scania 45R with a 4x2 wheel arrangement. Customers can use the new electric trucks as either chassis or tractor and trailer combinations, which is helpful for applications requiring climate control, such as transporting perishable foods. Weight, setup, and travel distance all affect range.
The data suggests that a 4x2 electric truck unit with six batteries can travel up to 320 kilometers at an average speed of 80 kilometers per hour on a single charge. Scania claims that the operational range is further extended when fixed routes include additional charging at the destination or occasional charging during the driver's rest. With a charging capacity of up to 375 kW, a full charge can add 270-300 kilometers to the battery's range in just an hour. Scania 45 R and S electric truck models produce 410 kW of continuous power (560 hp).
Soon, customers can place orders for Scania's new electric trucks, with assembly beginning in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Although they only make up a fraction of the European truck market, electric trucks are expanding quickly across the continent, especially in northern European countries like Germany and the Netherlands. For heavy electric trucks in Europe in 2021, Volvo Trucks held a 42% share of the market.