Scania has launched its first fully electric truck. 

With a range of up to 250 km, the Scania electric truck can operate during the day and return to its home depot for overnight charging.

If there is a need for an extended range, the driver can fast charge the truck during a break or during natural stops in operation.

The truck is available with the option of either five, for a total of 165 kWh, or nine batteries totalling 300 kWh installed capacity. With five batteries the range is 130 km. The range is dependent on the weight, body type and topography.

With the combustion engine removed, space for batteries has been freed. Additional batteries are mounted on the chassis frame. The new electric motor delivers a continuous power of 230 kW or around 310 hp. The motor has two gears to provide high power across a wider speed span.

Other components needed for fully electric propulsion, such as battery management units, battery cooling components, electrohydraulic steering system, electric air compressor and inverter are also mounted along the chassis frame.

Scania's battery electric truck is equipped with a CCS charging connector to charge from the electric grid. With 130 kW DC charging, the five battery packs will be charged in less than 55 minutes and the nine batteries in less than 100 minutes. The truck can also be charged through regenerative braking.

Instead of connecting auxiliaries to the interface, which is usually located on the gearbox or engine, it is instead connected to an electrical connection box, known as a DC box mounted on the chassis. This gives a DC link of up to 60 kW PTO for body auxiliaries such as refrigeration systems and hooklifts.

The Scania electric truck is available with the L- and P-series cab, both of which are designed for urban operations. The low-floor L-series cab, particularly, is purpose-designed for congested city conditions.

"Sustainable emission-free transport is an increasing requirement for transport companies," said New Technologies director, Anders Lampinen.

"Acquiring an electric truck is not just an investment in the customer's fleet, but also in its brand and market. The electric truck enables the customer to stay ahead of the competition, learn about infrastructural challenges and start adapting for the future."