SCANIA STARTS TRIALS OF BATTERY ELECTRIC BUSES
In the northern Swedish city of Östersund, three Scania Citywide LF buses with battery drive will be in operation from the end of 2017 with an additional three buses added in early 2019. The trials constitutes the initial stage in the ongoing development of battery electric buses.
Scania claims to be presently offering the widest range of buses and coaches for alternative fuels, including biogas, bioethanol, biodiesel and hybrid electric buses. By adding battery electric buses, she will further be strengthening her focus on sustainable transport and complement this broad range with buses particularly for inner-city operations. Two new charging stations will be built in Östersund to supply the six buses at both ends of the 14kilometre major bus line. With 10 minute charging, buses will run every 15 minutes for a total of 100 journeys each day. The trials will be carried out in collaboration with public authorities, including the City of Östersund and Region Jämtland Härjedalen’s Public Transport Authority, and the publically owned energy supplier Jämtkraft. The buses will be operated by Nettbuss, and a subsidiary of the Norwegian State Railways, NSB, which is the second largest busoperator in the Nordic countries.