Electric vehicles are not only for passenger cars. More and more commercial vehicles are switching to electric power, and they need a reliable and convenient way to charge their batteries. That's why Scania, a leading manufacturer of trucks and buses, has launched a new service that facilitates public charging of electric trucks and buses. The service, called Scania Charging Network, is a collaboration with Fortum Charge & Drive, a leading provider of charging solutions in Europe.
Scania Charging Network allows Scania customers to access over 100,000 public charging points across 30 countries in Europe using a single card or app. The service also provides billing and reporting features, as well as customer support and guidance.
The service is part of Scania's holistic approach to electrification, which includes vehicles, infrastructure, energy supply, fleet management, and financing. Scania aims to offer its customers a seamless transition to electric mobility with lower emissions and operating costs.
"Electrification is a key enabler for decarbonizing road transport. However, it requires more than just vehicles. Charging infrastructure is essential for the uptake of electric vehicles, and we want to make it as easy as possible for our customers to access it," said Alexander Vlaskamp, Executive Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing at Scania.
Scania has been developing and testing electric trucks and buses for several years and has recently expanded its portfolio with new models and technologies. Scania offers both battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for various applications and segments.
Some of the benefits of electric trucks and buses include lower noise levels, improved driver comfort, reduced maintenance needs, and lower fuel consumption. Electric vehicles also have lower carbon footprints than diesel vehicles, especially when using renewable energy sources.
Scania's electric trucks and buses can be charged in different ways, depending on the vehicle type, battery size, driving range, and availability of charging infrastructure. Scania offers both AC and DC charging options, as well as pantograph charging for buses.