Scania introduced two new investments in battery plant and lab to organize a basis for upcoming mass electrification.
The primary is a extremely automated battery meeting plant, adjoining to the chassis meeting plant in Södertälje, Sweden, the place the corporate intends to provide modules and packs utilizing battery cells from Northvolt‘s manufacturing facility in Skellefteå, Sweden.
The development of the preliminary 18,000-square meter facility will begin in early 2021 with the purpose to be totally operational by 2023. Over a number of years, the corporate intends to take a position properly over 1 billion SEK (€97.eight million / $116 million) within the venture. The battery meeting facility will make use of round 200 individuals.
Ruthger de Vries, Head of Manufacturing and Logistics at Scania stated:
“Working an on-site battery meeting plant is a prerequisite for large-scale manufacturing of electrical automobiles and it additionally establishes Scania clearly as part of the battery manufacturing worth chain.”
The second venture is a brand new 1,000-square meter battery laboratory, additionally on the Södertälje website. It ought to be accomplished by Spring 2021 and change into totally operational by Autumn 2021. The overall price of this venture is €15.5 million ($18.four million).
“The laboratory will comprise three 250-square metre take a look at halls for battery cells, modules and packs. Adjoining to those halls, the laboratory can even have services for take a look at pattern preparation with a view to enhance work setting, security and testing uptime.”
“The laboratory will primarily give attention to battery efficiency and lifespan analysis in various local weather situations from -40°C to 70°C. Scania’s engineers will look at and determine the perfect operational situations for the battery with regard to, for instance, temperature setpoint, state of cost window and charging energy profile for tailor-made utilisation in optimising battery life and buyer wants.”
In accordance with the producer, the brand new laboratory will complement its smaller facility with a climatic chamber, opened earlier this 12 months, which was used to check the efficiency of battery packs on operational electrical vans and buses with out eradicating batteries.
On the charging entrance, Scania introduced this month a partnership with Engie and its subsidiary EVBox, to supply charging options in 13 European international locations (with an extra enlargement in direction of the tip of 2021).
Collectively, they intend to supply fleets complementary options together with depot charging, vacation spot charging and on-route/public charging.