Scania reveals plans to launch full-size 40-ton capacity long-range electric truck
Swedish manufacturer Scania AB has announced that it is working on a new long-distance electric truck that will be able to carry a total weight of 40 tons for more than four hours on single charge and fast recharge during the drivers’ compulsory 45-minute rest-time.
Scania has already introduced environment-friendly commercial vehicles like all-electric buses and plug-in hybrid trucks. Pushing ahead with its long term goal of electrification of its entire portfolio, the company aims to increase its share of electrified vehicles out of the total sales in Europe to 10 per cent by 2025, and 50 per cent by 2030.
The company has plans to launch at least one new electric product in the bus & truck segment every year. It acknowledges that fact that technology improvements in the fields of battery energy density, charging times and other aspects of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have allowed it to introduce new EV technologies in the recent past. Gradually, the improvements in the EV technologies are expected to help the company to overtake fossil and biofuel powered solutions in most transport applications.
At present, Scania's electric truck comes equipped with 300-kWh battery that offers a range of up to 250 km (roughly 155 miles). But, the company says that it will launch a new full-size electric truck within next few years that will have the ability to carry 40t (40,000 kg / 88,000 pound) for 4.5 hours and get fast recharged during the drivers’ compulsory 45-minute rest.
Announcing its future plans, Scania said, “In a few years’ time, Scania plans to introduce long-distance electric trucks that will be able to carry a total weight of 40 tonnes for 4.5 hours, and fast charge during the drivers’ compulsory 45-minute rest.”
Despite making huge investments in hydrogen technologies, Scania has no plans to continue with FCVs. The first reason is that energy efficiency of FCVs is just around a third of the BEVs. In simple words, FCVs use three times more renewable electricity to generate hydrogen and cover the same distance. Moreover, FCVs are more complex and require more maintenance in addition to higher cost. However, Scania engineers have gained important insights from these early technologies that will help the company in producing Futuristic ERV technologies.
According to Scania's experience, BEVs offer a range of advantages over conventional vehicles. In addition to trimming down carbon emissions, BEVs delivers higher uptime and lower costs per km or hour of operations.