Scania launches BEV & PHEV truck series
Truck manufacturer Scania says it has reached a milestone in electrification: the first commercial electric truck series from the Swedish VW subsidiary has now been launched on the market. Like the fully electric truck, the plug-in hybrid is also being delivered now and is similarly intended for urban distribution traffic. Weiterlesen
Scania to build their very own battery plant
Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle brand Scania has announced that it will invest over one billion Swedish kroner (around 100 million euros) in the construction of a battery assembly plant next to its chassis assembly plant in Södertälje, Sweden. Weiterlesen
Traton takes over Navistar/ Expands in North America
Traton’s expansion into the North American market now finds itself on the home stretch: The Volkswagen commercial vehicle subsidiary has just signed a binding takeover agreement with the US commercial vehicle manufacturer Navistar. The transaction is expected to be completed in mid-2021. Weiterlesen
Traton & Hino launch e-mobility joint venture
Traton and Hino are intensifying their cooperation in the field of electromobility. As part of their strategic partnership, the commercial vehicle subsidiaries of Volkswagen and Toyota have signed a joint venture agreement to speed up development for products with battery and FC technology. Weiterlesen
Scania and Fraunhofer electrify semi-trailers
Volkswagen subsidiary Scania made a solar cell clad trailer to power a plug-in hybrid truck and is preparing testing in Sweden. In Germany, Fraunhofer LBF was looking at semi-trucks as well and developed a lightweight high-voltage battery system for heavy-duty EVs. Weiterlesen
Scania launches sales of BEV & PHEV trucks
Scania has announced the official market launch of its all-battery electric truck and plug-in hybrid truck. With these two models, the VW subsidiary brand initially intends to focus primarily on urban applications. Weiterlesen
Coop Denmark looking into Scania electric trucks
The Danish grocery chain Coop Denmark has purchased an electric truck with a refrigerated body from Scania. If the test with the vehicle is successful in the Copenhagen area, the company plans to purchase another five to seven electric trucks next year. Weiterlesen
ASKO orders up to 75 electric trucks from Scania
Norway’s largest food wholesaler ASKO has committed to order up to 75 battery-electric trucks from Scania over the next three years. For its part, the Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer intends further to detail the plans for its battery-powered trucks this year. Weiterlesen
Delays in German electric highway project Elisa
Germany’s electric highway project Elisa is experiencing delays. Five cantenary trucks i.e with overhead current collectors are to collect data on the A5 in order to sound out the opportunities for tomorrow’s freight traffic. Less than five months after the start of the project, only two trucks are in operation. Weiterlesen
Scania signs up for Northvolt battery cells
Volkswagen’s Swedish commercial vehicle brand Scania has apparently signed a contract with the Swedish company Northvolt to supply battery cells for electric vehicles. The supply volume of the contract is not known. Weiterlesen
Scania to test autonomous e-buses in Sweden
Scania and Scandinavian public transport operator Nobina have started preparations for a trial with fully autonomous electric buses to begin in 2020. Two Scania Citywide LF electric buses will be tested on a stretch of regular road in Stockholm. Weiterlesen
Scania developing fuel cell refuse truck
Scania is developing a fuel cell refuse truck together with Renova, a waste handling company in Sweden. The truck will feature a fully electrified powertrain as well as an electrified compactor. Supported by government agencies, Scania set delivery for 2019/20. Weiterlesen
Italy to construct e-highway on section of A35
Following in the footsteps of Sweden and Germany, Italy will now also convert a section of their roads to a so-called e-highway with overhead cables for electrified trucks. They will also be testing the hybrid truck from Scania with overhead current collectors on the stretch of the A35. Weiterlesen
Sweden establishes e-mobility testbed worth 1BN SEK
Carmakers Volvo and Volkswagen’s Scania together with the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), and Chalmers University of Technology are establishing a testbed for electric mobility. With funding from the Swedish government the investment totals one billion krona (about 96M euro). Weiterlesen
eHighway pilot under construction on the Autobahn
Works have started on one of three eHighway projects in Germany. Led by Siemens, the track along the A1 motorway will enable hybrid trucks to charge while in motion via overhead wire. The pilot set to start in mid-2019 will receive power from renewable energy sources. Weiterlesen
Green light for eHighway pilot in Germany
The German environmental ministry has given the green light for the eHighway pilot to look further into the electrification of long distance hauling trucks via pantograph. Project partners are Siemens and Volkswagen. Weiterlesen
Sweden backs Northvolt battery pilot plant with €15m
Northvolt has found a new backer for setting up a battery cell production pilot plant. The Swedish Energy Agency will support the demonstration line, Northvolt Labs, in Västerås with a grant of SEK 146m. The new line precedes a planned Swedish Gigafactory. Weiterlesen
InEVit, Norway, Audi, Citaro, Scania, Formula E.
InEVit integrates into SF Motors: The start-up led by Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard now nestles under the wings of SF Motors, where Eberhard had been a consultant. His InEVit will continue to operate as a standalone tech firm but as a subsidiary of the Californian EV unit of China’s Sokon Industry Group. At the core of InEVit’s business is and will remain the design of chassis for electric cars as well battery modules and production techniques with the goal to scale up EVs quickly. In the new company, Eberhard will take the role of Chief Innovation Officer and vice chairman of the board.
Ampera-e sold out in Norway: Opel had to stop accepting orders for the European version of the Chevy Bolt in Norway as demand surpassed supply. Opel has received 5,000 orders from Norwegians alone and has delivered only 1,000 units by now. Rather than building on the backlash, the Germans say they want to fulfil existing reservations first. Still there are fears that the supply may dry up entirely since GM sold its European operation to PSA.
electrek.co, tek.no (in Norwegian)
Audi presents new A7: Audi’s latest four door coupé has been launched as A7 Sportback and will hit the shelves by February next year. Motor options include a novel mild-hybrid system but it remains unclear, if the A7 will be offered with the PHEV system from the A8 at a later date.
greencarcongress.com, autocar.co.uk, audi-mediacenter.com
A more utilitarian hybrid comes from Mercedes in the form of the Citaro currently at display at the Busworld in Belgium. The hybrid powertrain is an option for most model variants of the city bus and mainly adds its 14 kW strong electric hand at times when high levels of power are required.
More electric bus business: Scania brought the all-electric Citywide to Belgian Kortrijk and wants to launch sales next year. At the same time, the Interlink series now features a hybrid option.
Formula E is covered: Eurosport has extended its existing partnership with the electric racing series by another three years and will broadcast all 14 races. The new season is to start in Rome on April, 14, 2018 and the Formula E just released the track map.
sportbusiness.com, electricautosport.com (Rome)
Hyperloop, Future of the Fjords, Ballard, Scania.
Paris – Amsterdam in 30 min? Europe shall see the first Hyperloop by 2021 if plans by Hardt Global Mobility come to pass. The Dutch start-up had won the Hyperloop competition and has since completed a first test track with backing from the Technical University of Delft, Dutch railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen, and construction company BAM. The real thing shall start within the next 4 years and could reduce travel time between the Dutch and French capital to 30 minutes.
Norwegian dreams: The ‘Future of the Fjords’ is an all-electric ferry destined to move in and out the cliffs from April next year. Two 300 kW motors powers the catamaran currently under construction. Upon completion it will be able to carry 400 passengers at 16 knots.
Ballard convinces China: A new bulk order from Chinese Broad-Ocean has been received in Canada. The contract is worth 18m dollars for Ballard and includes fuel cell systems to electrify buses and trucks. The first part of the order had already been received last February, when the partners agreed on 200 FCVeloCity system. Now, another 400 will follow.
More hydrogen truck news reach us from Scania who scored a (much smaller) contract with Asko from Norway. The grocer now officially ordered four trucks with HyPM-HD90 system, which will be tested on routes over 500 km (we reported).