Scania Announces Electrification Roadmap
Scania says it is ready for the transition to zero-emission vehicles and has released its electrification roadmap. The company says it will guide them and ensure they have a new electrified product available annually. The company points out that they already have fully electric trucks and buses on the market with a claimed range of up to 250 km per charge. Scania says customers can expect an expanded range of up to 500 km in four to five years.
The need for transport is constantly increasing, as this is something society depends on. But profit margins in the transport business can be slim, making change difficult. At the same time, a significant portion of global CO2 emissions, around a quarter, comes from transport.
Regarding reducing emissions with electric vehicles, things are happening faster than the general public realises, and even the industry expected just a couple of years ago. There are three main reasons for this:
1. Sustainability demands are increasing – not only regarding CO2 emissions but also local air and noise pollution
2. It is profitable for the customer – due to the costs of energy and road fees, electric vehicles are becoming competitive more quickly
3. The technical conditions are here – battery capacity and rapid charging technology are improving rapidly
Scania says it has signed up to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees – The company has approved Science-Based Targets for 2025, and signed the Climate Pledge, committing to be fully net-zero by 2040. Commitments cover emissions from operations and when their customers use their products, where 96% of the total emissions from operations and products are generated.
To make this shift possible, Scania says it will offer a wide range of electrified and hybrid vehicles, including a wide range of biofuel-compatible engines. While biofuels will be important as transition fuels in operations considered difficult to electrify – such as timber transports, remote transports, heavy and long-haulage transports – the company will work to electrify these segments and testing electric vehicles with early-mover customers.
Scania has launched a BEV and a PHEV for urban operations. The 29-tonne BEV has a range of 250 km when charged for 90 minutes. The 29-tonne PHEV has an all-electric range of 60 km when fully charged.
In 2022, Scania will release an updated, 36-tonne PHEV, with an all-electric range of 60 km after 30 minutes of charging.
In 2023, the company will have heavier BEV trucks capable of running for four hours with 40 tonnes gross weight or three hours with 60 tonnes gross weight, intended for regional transport.
In 2024, long-distance electric trucks will enter the market, adapted for fast charging during drivers’ 45-minute rest breaks. These will be capable of running between four and four and a half hours, depending on whether the vehicle weighs 40 or 60 tonnes.
By 2025, the company says it will be able to electrify most operations, including construction, mining, long haulage and timber trucks. This is also the year when 10% of their volume sales will be electrified. The second half of the decade, Scania says it will have the technical capability to electrify more or less any application; however, it says they will not yet be profitable for all customers in all markets. But by 2030, 50 percent of total Scania vehicle sales volumes should be electrified.
For Scania to achieve its roadmap, it must have access to charging infrastructure and renewable electricity. As a result, infrastructure investments and partnerships for battery electric vehicles remain a priority for the company.
"Knowing what's coming and when, means that we can help the customers plan far ahead – which is hugely important when it comes to things like charging infrastructure that can take substantial time to implement, says Fredrik Allard, Senior Vice President for e-mobility. “Through strong partnerships and alliances with stakeholders in not just the traditional transport industry, but also when it comes to things such as energy infrastructure and green power, we intend to not just follow this industry transition, but to be at the forefront of it. Driving the shift as we like to say.