Scania boosting battery-electric infrastructure

With Scania’s planned rapid introduction of electric vehicles over the coming years, the manufacturer is investing in a battery testing lab and a battery assembly plant.

Scania is investing 15.5 million in a new battery laboratory at its research and development facilities in Södertälje, Sweden. The 1,000-square metre laboratory is due to be completed by spring 2021 and fully operative by autumn of that year. The laboratory will contain three 250-square metre test halls for battery cells, modules and packs. Adjacent to these halls, the site will also have facilities for test sample preparation in order to improve work environment, safety and testing uptime.

Additionally, over the next several years, Scania is to invest over 1 billion SEK in a battery assembly plant in Södertälje, Sweden. The initial step is a 18,000-square metre facility and the construction is due to start in early 2021 with the aim to be fully operational by 2023.

Head of Production and Logistics at Scania, Ruthger de Vries, said: “This is a tangible manifestation of our determination to take a leading role in heavy vehicle electrification, which is needed to fulfil our commitment to science-based climate targets. Operating an on-site battery assembly plant is a prerequisite for large-scale production of electric vehicles and it also establishes Scania clearly as a part of the battery production value chain.”

Employing a staff of 200, most recruited from within the company, the battery assembly plant will be highly automated from incoming goods throughout production to delivery. The plant which will be built adjacent to the chassis assembly plant in Södertälje will assemble battery modules and packs from cells which will be delivered from Northvolt’s battery factory in Skellefteå, Sweden. The assembled packs form battery systems tailored for Scania’s modular production.

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