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Swedish manufacturer Scania has announced the launch of its first range of fully electric and plug-in hybrid P- and L-series rigid trucks, aimed at operators working within urban and low-emission areas and zones.


According to The Truck Expert, the fully electric models come with either a 165kWh or 300kWh battery pack that will power a 230kW electric motor – equivalent to approximately 310hp. The 300kWh model would be able to achieve a 250km range on a single charge.

Using a 130kW Combined Charging System connector, the batteries can be charged in under 55 minutes for the five-battery 165kWh model and less than 100 minutes for the nine-battery 300kWh version. The batteries are also continuously charged in motion via regenerative braking energy.

The plug-in hybrid truck can travel long distances in traditional combustion engine mode, and up to 60km in electric mode. The combustion engine means there is less space for batteries. It has three batteries of a combined capacity of 90kWh to power its 115kW electric motor.

It can charge from zero to 80 per cent in 35 minutes, and also has regenerative braking energy charging. The combination of electric and combustion drivetrains offer 280-360hp.

“Although electrified vehicles in certain aspects represent a new technology, we’ve taken all possible steps to ensure that we apply the same unwavering uptime criteria as for our other trucks,” said Anders Lampinen, director, new technologies for Scania CV AB.

As well as the usual general cargo and temperature-controlled transport options, the trucks can be equipped with a range of add-ons, such as hooklifts, tippers, concrete mixers and refuse collectors.

Scania will be creating a series of regional servicing hubs around the UK to provide support for early adopters, and aim to increase servicing points as demand dictates.

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