Scania introduces new charging service for trucks and buses
Scania has launched Scania Charging Access, a new service designed to simplify public charging for mixed fleets of trucks and buses. The new tool promises set, predictable costs and no hidden fees via one invoicing system.
Fleet customers will be able to plan, operate, and pay for their public charging through the new tool, while drivers can locate suitable charging stations through public networks and use RFID cards to charge.
Fredrik Allard, Senior Vice President and Head of E-mobility at Scania, says that Scania Charging Access will help iron out the hurdles and stress connected to en-route charging by offering an extensive network and hassle-free administration. The initial customer interfaces will be My Scania and the newly released Scania Driver App. Scania has not disclosed its network partners yet but says there is potential for local Scania dealer networks and major providers within the car charging business to join the new charging service.
“No one else in the industry is offering one smart solution, where all kinds of customers can find operators that offer charging points suited for trucks and buses, all while still receiving one consolidated invoice per month,” says Allard. “I really hope that other OEMs will support this by also introducing shared networks for mixed fleets, offering customers access to the broadest possible charging network for trucks in Europe.”
Scania Charging Access will launch in multiple European countries in late autumn and will be expanded to cover public charging networks built for trucks. Scania has not disclosed its launch markets but opened the pre-sign-up process in My Scania.
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As for more concrete measures, Scania lists the example of Falkenklev, a logistics company working on a 1.6 MW solution as part of their plan for a 22-vehicle public charging hub in Sweden. Falkenklev also created a 1.5-hectare solar park with 2 MW battery storage to ensure they have the renewable energy needed to refill the truck batteries. Scania is delivering five electric trucks and adds that the Falkenlev site will be Sweden’s largest public truck charging station once completed.
The Swedish company has been involved in truck charging early on and just announced testing a megawatt charging system (MCS) from ABB E-Mobility with a next-generation electric truck. The trial is considered a critical step towards deploying high-power chargers. Scania and ABB are members of the CCS initiative CharIN is involved in harmonising MCS.
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