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Scania & Siemens to Develop Electrically Powered Vehicles for Swedish Market

April 17, 2013

Scania truck with a pantograph on the roof.
Scania truck with a pantograph on the roof.

Sweden may become the world's fully electrified truck market thanks to a partnership between Scania and Siemens. The companies’ partnership involves the integration of Siemens technology to power vehicles with Scania's expertise in the electrification of powertrains in trucks and buses.

Scania has been exploring the possibilities of electrifying the powertrain in buses and trucks for some time, according to the company. 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.

“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 continuously strives to reduce heavy transport’s environmental impact, and the development of electric vehicles will be an important part of the transition to a more sustainable transport system, according to the company. Scania’s powertrain technology with a hybrid powertrain can be supplemented by electrical transmission through a line in the air (conduction) or powered through the road surface (induction), thus becoming completely electrically powered on electrified road sections.

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