Scania’s plug-in hybrid distribution lorry, the L 320, runs on organic diesel that can cut CO2 emissions by 90%. The lorry is being used by Swedish transport group LBC Frakt AB, who are even able to charge the vehicle’s batteries via solar panels on its freight terminal roof
The new truck is mainly being used to transport beverages and other goods to shops and restaurants in and around the town of Karlstad, located some 250 km north of Gothenburg.
“On electric drive mode the truck is very, very silent. Since there isn’t much noise around, with just a ticking from the direction indicator and a faint whispering noise from outside, you become much calmer as a person and don’t get so stressed, to put it simply” – says Henrik Cassåsen who is driving the new hybrid lorry most of the time.
Electric range of up to 60 kilometres
Scania’s plug-in hybrid truck comes equipped with a CCS charging connector that allows charging from the electric grid. With 95 kW DC charging, the three battery packs will be charged to 80% in approximately 35 minutes. The lorry can also be charged through regenerative braking.
With the new higher energy density batteries – each of the three packs has an installed capacity of 30 kWh for a total of 90 kWh – the lorry can travel in electric mode up to 60 km, depending on the gross total weight, topography and type of body. Additionally, complimentary charging can be carried out while the lorry is parked for loading or unloading, or while the driver is on breaks.
In addition to the electric 115 kW motor – which is located between the engine and the gearbox – the hybrid truck comes with the 9-litre 280–360 hp diesel engine.
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