Siemens and VW’s Scania closed a deal to develop electric powertrains for trucks.
The companies plan to make commercial vehicles combining Siemens’ power-supply expertise and Scania’s knowledge of bus power trains and electric trucks.
“Sweden’s aim of fossil-free freight transport and access to fossil-free electricity creates a positive political climate for this type of technology, ” Goeran Persson, head of Siemens’s Infrastructure and Cities unit in Sweden, said in a statement. “We are now taking a big step forward in being able to supply a finished product.”
Siemens started its project, called ‘eHighway’, in 2010 helped by some German government funding and it is based on the pantograph technology similar to that used in trams. The buses and heavy cargo vehicles are powered by electricity from overhead cables and Siemens already has a 4-kilometer (2.5 mile) test track near Berlin.
In 2012, Siemens and Scania unveiled an electric truck prototype which was based on this technology. The Swedish Transport Administration has then proposed the trial installation of a 12-km stretch of road with overhead cables, somewhere near the Finnish border.
Sweden commissioned a report back in 2006, in which were presented solutions to eliminate the nation’s dependence on oil by 2020, also aiming at a reduction of at least 40% in the use of oil for road traveling.