The research is the start of the development of three different test areas on German public roads with electric power supplied from overhead lines.
In the first phase of the project, Scania will supply two electric hybrid long-haulage prototype trucks with different powertrains: one will have a single battery with a 15 kWh capacity, the other will have several batteries for greater capacity. They will use an overhead pantograph power collector developed by Siemens mounted on the frame behind the cab similar to hybrid electric truck trials in Sweden.
The project, "Trucks for German eHighways", will see the electric trucks tested on three new German eHighways in 2019 and 2020, backed by the German Government through BMUB, the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
One test road will be built in Schleswig-Holstein on the A1 Autobahn close to Lübeck, one in Hessen on the A5 Autobahn south of Frankfurt, and a third in Baden-Württemberg on the B462 federal highway.
"For long-haulage transport, Scania sees electric roads as one promising technology for a sustainable transport future. Vehicle electrification is developing quickly and with its environmental, social and cost benefits, it will play an important role in the shift to a fossil-free transport system," says Claes Erixon, Executive Vice President Research and Development, at Scania.
The research project is being managed by Volkswagen Group Research which will use its resources and knowledge from electric passenger cars, and investigate research synergies for the electrification of heavy commercial vehicles.
"Scania will enter this new project with all our experience from the Swedish project. In the German project, the most important research areas will be to analyse and optimise the powertrain concept, energy management, the hybrid transmission, battery ageing and the next generation cooling system," said Christer Thorén, Project Manager for electric road technology at Scania.