Scania launches new battery-electric bus platform with 500km range at Busworld

New platform will be initially available in low-entry 4x2 buses – a four-battery variant with an installed capacity of 416 kWh and 400km range, and a five-battery variant, 520 kWh capacity and over 500km range.

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Scania launches new battery-electric bus platform with 500km range at Busworld

Scania has taken a major step in its electrification journey with the launch of the cutting-edge battery-electric bus platform, which is a pivotal component of its comprehensive e-mobility solutions encompassing vehicles, services and systems.

The new Scania battery-electric bus platform, one part of the company’s complete e-mobility solutions covering vehicles, services, and systems has debuted at Busworld in Brussels (October 7-12).

With the introduction of low-entry 4x2 buses, the sustainably sourced and built batteries offer a vast energy storage capacity of up to 520 kWh and have been developed specifically for heavy commercial vehicles, enabling a range in optimal conditions of over 500 kilometres.

The initial introduction of the new platform is made available in low-entry 4x2 buses which will be developed in close collaboration with bodybuilder partners. These buses will be available in two performance steps – a four-battery variant with an installed capacity of 416 kWh and a five-battery variant with an installed capacity of 520 kWh. In optimal conditions, this equates to a range of more than 400km for the former, and over 500km for the latter.

“During the development of our new battery electric bus platform, range, performance, and battery responsibility have been key areas – all crucial to achieving viable and sustainable transport systems. Combined with our latest e-mobility services and solutions, this means we will provide complete and highly competitive solutions for urban applications in all our current regions,” says Carl-Johan Lööf, Head of Product Management, People Transport Solutions at Scania. 

DESIGNED FOR URBAN APPLICATIONS WORLDWIDE

The sustainably developed batteries are both designed and produced in partnership between Northvolt and Scania, ensuring premium quality and all-round responsibility. Equipped with one of the most sustainable, heavy commercial vehicle batteries on the market, and engineered with improved battery capacity and range, the new bus platform also brings with it more advanced safety and digital functions:

• For urban applications: The low-entry 4x2 BEV comes with flexible specification options to meet different conditions and requirements, and facilitates adaption for bodybuilders. It is suitable for medium and heavy-duty operations, in city, suburban, and regional applications, in both Class I and Class II. The bus comes in two different chassis widths – 2500 mm and 2550 mm – and the two different axle gears provide ratio options that work in the most challenging topography.

• Improved electric machine: The new electric machine is more powerful as it comes with a newly integrated cooling system and an updated control system which meets the highest cyber security demands. The machine runs at 300 kW in peak operation and 250 kW in continuous operation.

• Sustainable batteries with 400-500km range: High-capacity battery packs in both 4-pack (416 kWh) and 5-pack (520 kWh) configurations equate to a range of more than 400 km and 500 km respectively, in optimal conditions. The batteries have been developed and are built in partnership with Northvolt to safeguard quality as well as environmental and social sustainability, both in the production process and supply chain.

• Faster charging: Scania’s updated battery packs and battery management system allow faster charging – and the new robust charging port placement makes it more convenient as well.

• Safer – inside and out: Multiple advanced state-of-the-art driver assistance systems (ADAS), additional safety features, and strong protection from cyber security threats provide the safest possible operation for the driver, the passengers and surrounding road users. These meet and even exceed the strict EU safety regulations for heavy commercial vehicles. 

• Digital and smart: Powered by the new electrical system and Smart Dash instrument panel, the buses come with new or improved digital functionalities – from safety functions and remote diagnostics to real-time maps and over-the-air capabilities.

 

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