Scania and Northvolt want to develop battery cells and electrify trucks

Scania and Northvolt want to develop battery cells and electrify trucks-develop

Scania, a truck subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, and the battery start-up Northvolt want to converge the development and marketing of battery cells for heavy commercial vehicles in the future. The Swedish truck, bus and engine manufacturer Scania invests ten million euros in the partnership to improve further cell development and to support the construction of a demonstration line and a research institution of the Battery Company Northvolt founded by two former Tesla managers.

The electrification of vehicles is progressing rapidly and offers a favorable way to more sustainable traffic solutions. For heavy trucks and buses, the continuous development of both the loading infrastructure and more robust, cost-efficient and more sustainable battery cells is crucial for a widespread market breakthrough. Different transport tasks require different electric drive strands. For an optimal effect, therefore, battery and cell technologies must be developed which can meet the different needs

“The electrification will play a key role when transitioning to a fossil traffic system. However, current battery cell technology must be developed so that it fulfills the business requirements of heavy bus and truck customers. With Northvolt as a partner we believe that we can make great progress.”- Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO of Scania

The two companies want to build an expert team and work together in Northvolts Research Center Northvolt Labs in Swedish Vasterås. The companies also have a declaration contract for battery cells.

“With the product and business competence of Scania in combination with our state-of-the-art manufacturing process, we are convinced that we can produce cost-effective and sustainable battery cells of the highest quality for the heavy commercial vehicle market.”Peter Carlsson, co-founder and CEO of Northvolt

Northvolt is currently planning a battery factory according to the model of the Gigafactory of the electric car manufacturer Tesla together with the electroconzers ABB in Sweden. The start of construction is scheduled for mid-2018. The annual capacity should rise to 32 gigawatt hours until 2023 and thus lying at the level of the Gigafactory.

The production of battery cells is energy-intensive, but Sweden, after all, offers a solid supply of cost-effective green electricity. The country is therefore well suited for a large-scale sustainable battery production.

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