Truck, bus, coach and engine manufacturer Scania in Sweden has partnered with battery specialist Northvolt to develop and commercialise battery cell technology for heavy commercial vehicles.
Scania announced it is investing €10 million (US$ 12.3 million) in the partnership to enhance further development and support the establishment of Northvolt’s demonstration line and research facility.
The two companies will establish a team of experts and work together at Northvolt’s research facility, Northvolt Labs, in Västerås, Sweden, to develop and commercialise production of battery cells optimised to power commercial vehicles. The companies have also entered into an off-take purchase agreement for battery cells.
From left to right: Carl-Erik Lagercrantz, chairman Northvolt; Peter Carlsson, CEO, Northvolt; Henrik Henriksson, president and CEO, Scania, and Claes Erixon, head of research and development, Scania
“We aim to make it easy for customers to select sustainable transport solutions. Electrification will play a key part in the shift to a fossil free transport system. However, the current battery cell technology must be developed to fulfil the business requirements of heavy bus and truck customers. With Northvolt as a partner, we believe that we can make major strides forward,” commented Henrik Henriksson, Scania’s president and CEO.
“With Scania’s product and business expertise combined with our cutting-edge manufacturing process, we are convinced that we can produce cost efficient and green battery cells of the highest quality for the heavy commercial vehicle market,” says Peter Carlsson, co-founder and CEO of Northvolt.