Scania has set out its vision for the electrification of future models while at the same time unveiling its first fully electric and hybrid models.
The two newly-launched vehicles – the manufacturer’s first series production electric models – mark a major milestone in its history as it transitions away from traditional powertrains to new, more sustainable alternatives.
The brand’s 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.
Again available in L- and P-series rigid format, the new Scania hybrid model can cover around 37 miles in pure electric mode, enabling operators to greatly reduce the environmental impact of their vehicle movements in urban areas.
Its 115kW electric motor, which is powered by three batteries that can be 80 per cent charged in 35 minutes, is mated to a combustion engine available in outputs of between 280–360 horsepower.
Scania (Great Britain) Limited, UK Sales Director, Vincente Connolly, said, “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 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.”
Scania president and CEO, Henrik Henriksson, added, “It is with a great deal of pride that we announce the start of Scania’s long-term electrification commitment.
“Looking ahead, we will annually launch electric vehicles for the entire product range, and we are presently reorganising our production towards that end. Of particular significance is that in a few years’ time we will also introduce long-distance electric trucks adapted for fast-charging during drivers’ compulsory 45 minute rest periods.”