Scania Citywide LF Battery-Electric Buses Ready For Trials

Field test to begin late this year in Sweden, with more buses to join the trial by early 2019. 

In a bid to strengthen its focus on sustainable public transport solutions, Scania has added battery-electric buses to its wide range of buses for intra-city operations capable of running in alternative fuels, including bio-diesel, biogas, bio-ethanol, and hybrid-electric buses.

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Three Scania Citywide low-floor (LF) bus featuring electric motors powered by large battery packs will enter for trial run before the end of this year in the Swedish city of Östersun. There more buses will be added to the trial fleet by 2019, thereby setting an initial platform for the practical testing of newly developed battery electric technology. The company is building charging stations at the both the ends of the 14-kilometer long stretch of the trial route.

Scania wireless charging electric bus

Late last year, Scania introduced innovative inductive charging for its Citywide Electric Hybrid buses on trial basis in Södertälje, Sweden (Photo: Dan Boman 2016)

Scania has not revealed any technical specifications of the battery-electric powertrain yet. It has simply said that the trial run will constitute 10-minute charging break for every 15 minutes for a total of 100 trips between the 14 km route each day. It is also unclear whether the charging is through the recently-introduced inductive charging technology, which is already on test in the city of Södertälje for Scania’s Electric Hybrid buses.

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The battery-electric buses are now increasingly envisaged in major European cities as a part of sustainability mobility and smart city policies, thanks to their cleaner and quieter credentials, especially in city spaces. In India, diesel-electric hybrid and CNG-powered buses are gaining some momentum, although not in a vibrant manner.

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Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Editorial consultant (Automotive and Technology), academic, and blogger based in India. He can be reached at

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