Published on March 27th, 2013 | by Anneli Hidalgo0
Scania and Siemens explore electric vehicles
The Swedish truck maker Scania and German engineering firm Siemens is teaming up to develop electrically powered trucks for commercial use.
The two companies have entered into a partnership which involves the integration of Siemens’ technology to power vehicles with Scania’s expertise in the electrification of powertrains in trucks and buses. Through the partnership, Sweden might become the world’s first country with electrically powered trucks and electrified roads for commercial use.
“Full-scale demonstration of electrified road sections can quickly become a reality through this partnership,” says Henrik Henriksson, Executive Vice President and head of Scania’s sales and marketing. “Fuel savings made possible by electrification are huge, and this project is a foundation stone for fossil-free road transport.”
Scania has for a long time explored the possibilities of electrifying the powertrain in buses and trucks. Siemens has been working with technology, in which vehicles receive power from a wire in the air via a pantograph on the roof. The two companies have now teamed up to develop electrically powered trucks for commercial use.