Scania’s first fully electric truck has been launched. With a range of up to 250 kilometres, the vehicle is capable of a full day’s operation before returning to base for overnight charging. If there is a need for an extended range, the driver can fast charge the truck over a break or during pauses in operation.
The truck is available with the option of either five batteries for a total of 165 kilowatt hours (kWh) installed capacity, or nine for a total of 300 kWh. With five batteries the range is up to 130 kilometres. The range is, of course, dependent on the weight, body type and topography.
With the combustion engine removed, space for batteries has been freed. Additional batteries are mounted on the chassis frame. The new electric motor delivers a continuous power of 230 kilowatts (kW) or approximately 310 horsepower. The motor has two gears to provide high power over a wider speed span, thereby improving ride comfort.
One of the major benefits with an electric motor compared to a combustion engine is its high controllability. In practice, the customer will experience this through faster acceleration and response from the powertrain.
Other components needed for fully electric propulsion, such as battery management units, battery cooling components, electrohydraulic steering system, electric air compressor and inverter are mounted along the chassis frame.
Scania’s battery electric truck comes equipped with a Combined Charging System (CCS) connector to charge from the electric grid. With 130 kW DC charging, the five battery packs will be charged in less than 55 minutes and the nine batteries in less than 100 minutes. The truck can also be charged through regenerative braking.
Scania’s electric truck is equipped for a fully electric power take-off. Instead of connecting auxiliaries to the interface usually located on the gearbox or engine, they are instead connected to an electrical connection box, called a DC box, mounted on the chassis. This gives a DC link of up to 60 kW power take-off for body auxiliaries such as refrigeration systems and hooklifts.
The Scania electric truck is available with the L- and P-series cab, both of which are designed for urban operations, (see separate press release 20-15).
“Sustainable emission-free transport is set to become a requirement for transport operators,” comments Vincente Connolly, UK Sales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Limited. “Acquiring electric trucks will become not just an investment in the customer’s fleet, but also in its brand and the market in which it operates. Electric trucks will enable the operator to stay ahead of the competition, learn about infrastructural challenges and start adapting for the future.”
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