Scania is looking ahead: by 2030, 50% of its vehicles will be electric

Scania is looking ahead: by 2030, 50% of its vehicles will be electric
A few days ago the Swedish manufacturer Scania announced that it wants to focus on the development of electric-powered vehicles, shifting the focus away from hydrogen which at the moment still has limited potential.

The company has already made electric buses, in addition to hybrid and all-electric trucks: the idea is that by 2025, 10% of sales in Europe will be electric vehicles, with an increase of up to 50% by 2030. This means working at a fast pace on all new technologies potentially developable for the market, bringing a new electrical product to market every year. This operation will be possible thanks to the great technological improvements that are possible in the world of electric vehicles: thanks to the constant improvement in the density of batteries and charging times, electric vehicles are gradually destined to take the place of fossil fuel ones within a few years. . Furthermore, the data collected from users who already use Scania's electric truck show that maintenance is much lower than that of a truck with a heat engine, which translates into lower running costs and greater usability. br>
In addition to the Scania model already available, equipped with a 300 kWh battery capable of ensuring approximately 250 km of autonomy, Scania intends to create a 40-ton model capable of driving for 4 and a half hours continuously . Ideally, fast charging can take place during the 45-minute compulsory stop that truckers need to take to rest.

Scania has decided to focus on the electric because the potential of hydrogen is limited: the energy efficiency is 1/3 compared to that of an electric motor, and in general the engine is much more complex and requires much more maintenance, with a direct consequence on management costs. Finally, there is no real network of areas to refuel with hydrogen, at least for now. Scania will continue to invest in hydrogen technologies, but will do so in other applications and not in commercial vehicles.

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