Scania is cooperating with charging infrastructure provider EVBox and energy utility Engie to promote the use of electric trucks and buses in Europe. The trio’s cooperation is scheduled to run for four years and focuses on charging solutions for electric commercial vehicles.
The partnership should enable the companies to develop tailored charging solutions for Scania customers. EVBox will play the role of providing Scania with the necessary charging hardware and software. Engie will offer, install and maintain the charging solutions and related services for Scania customers in several key regions. Scania aims to offer field services and driver training as a complement to its normal portfolio.
Alexander Vlaskamp, Scania’s Sales and Marketing Manager, is convinced that the partnership will facilitate customers’ transition to an increasingly electrified fleet on the way to more sustainable transport. Based on the cooperation, which covers both truck and bus applications, Scania aims to provide customers with a complete e-mobility solution. In addition to the electric commercial vehicle itself, the package will include intelligent charging infrastructure, service and maintenance, the supply of environmentally friendly energy and financing. The aim is to “respond to the actual requirements of fleet and depot management”.
The trio will initially concentrate its activities on 13 European countries. Scania is leaving open which countries will be the focus of their activities. Further regions are to be added at the end of 2021. It is also clear that Engie and the EVBox Group will work with regional partners such as Caverion and Alpiq.
“The electrification of transit and transport is one of the key initiatives for reducing emissions especially since transport accounts for almost a quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions,” notes Kristof Vereenooghe, CEO of EVBox Group. The CEO explained that the partnership offers new opportunities for his group and they are confident that Scania will provide expertise and a competitive offer to help them achieve their business and sustainability goals.
Shankar Krishnamoorthy, Executive Vice President of the Engie Group, emphasised the importance of the new electric truck segment. This offers promising potential in cities and suburban areas. “Scania and Engie share the same vision and ambition to drive change towards sustainable transport solutions,” Krishnamoorthy said. The two companies have worked together for several years in the field of gas mobility.