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Scania broadens battery electric vehicle offerings to include 29-tonne lorries sporting up to 520 km range

Scania has announced a major expansion of its electric truck range. The update incorporates long-lasting batteries designed to match the lifespan of a typical truck, while also extending the range of applications beyond traditional distribution to include construction uses.

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The company has introduced more electric machines, axle configurations and cab alternatives, plus a number of power take-off solutions, the company has announced.

The components and solutions that Scania is introducing in this particular round focus on the needs of hauliers and transporters within distribution or construction-related operations. The manufacturer is now offering a tandem bogie axle for BEVs, which means that tippers, hook lifts, concrete mixers and several other rigid-based applications can be specified without having to sacrifice traction or load-carrying capacity.

This goes hand-in-hand with Scania also introducing a number of different power take off-solutions for powering hydraulics or other bodybuilder equipment. 

In addition, the two versions – 210 kW and 240 kW – of the electric machine EM C1-2 that are now being introduced have a perfect fit with certain construction-oriented operations, since the power levels are right on spot (285 hp or 326 hp) with the typical specification for trucks used by municipalities. The EM C1-2 is physically shorter than its more powerful siblings, which opens up space for batteries and/or equipment such as supporting legs.  

It is meant to be the perfect all-rounder for many lighter operations, combining low weight with high power output, lots of torque and smooth power delivery with two gears. It is ideal for operations in urban environments within distribution but it is equally suited for many other applications such as the diverse kinds of vehicles that municipalities use for maintenance. For a typical distribution truck, the designation would be Scania 24 P (if it is the 240 kW version).

“It is the 9-litre engine equivalent if I were to do a diesel comparison,” says Fredrik Allard, Senior Vice President, and Head of E-mobility at Scania. “It’s the kind of electric machine that fits in an endless number of operations by being light and flexible, yet also powerful. It has one single permanent magnet, two gears and is really ‘torquey’ for its size. It offers driveability and the smoothness that drivers have come to expect from electric powertrains.”

“Finding the right charging solution does not have to be complicated”

Finding the right charging solution does not have to be complicated, stresses the company, offering to guide customers through the process and help set up the right charging solution. 

“It’s a common misconception that charging is more complicated than it actually is,” says Allard. “Many customers will do fine with a standard depot charging solution that we can guide them in designing and building.” 

Another area that initially has offered certain challenges when going electric is the power take-out (PTO). Efficient and robust PTOs are essential for so many applications and that is why Scania is now adding a number of different PTO solutions.

Green and efficient batteries

Scania’s battery-electric lorries come with batteries that will last for 1.3 million kilometres, the lifetime of the truck, the manufacturer stresses, adding that their carbon footprint is approximately one-third of a comparative industry reference. Scania has chosen lithium-ion batteries in prismatic shapes that are assembled in Södertälje, Sweden, into battery packs of 416 or 624 kWh, with state-of-charge windows of approximately 83% usable energy.