Starting June 2016 a prototype for a new Scania plug-in hybrid bus (based on Scania Citywide Low Entry) will go into daily operation in Södertälje.
Scania announced that it will become the first company in Sweden to test a wirelessly-charged electric-hybrid city bus.
On the streets of Södertälje, Sweden, the vehicle will appear in June 2016 as part of a research project into sustainable vehicle technology.
One of the bus stops on the route will be equipped with a charging system to recharge the roof-mounted batteries in six-seven minutes.
According to Scania, with a fleet of 2,000 electric buses, the city could save up to 50 million liters of fuel each year.
"Now, for the first time in Sweden, Scania and the Stockholm based Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) plan to test the technology in real-life conditions. The project will be run through their jointly operated Integrated Transport Laboratory research centre.
Swedish Energy Agency will provide 9.8 MSEK for the project's realisation. Other stakeholders include Södertälje Municipality, Stockholm County Council and Tom Tits, the tech-oriented museum for children and youths.
As part of the field tests, a Scania citybus with an electric hybrid powertrain will go into daily operation in Södertälje in June 2016. At one of the bus stops there will be a charging station where the vehicle will be able to refill wirelessly from the road surface enough energy for a complete journey in just six-seven minutes."
Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt, Head of Scania's Hybrid System Development Department commented:
"The main purpose of the field test is to evaluate the technology in real-life conditions. There is enormous potential in the switch from combustion engines to electrification. The field test in Södertälje is the first step towards entirely electrified roads where electric vehicles take up energy from the road surface."
"Our customers have different needs and prerequisites when it comes to switching to more sustainable transport. Therefore we don't want focus on just one technology. Instead we are continuing research in different areas."