Scania will soon build a new test track for electric truck models and autonomous trucks in Södertälje, Sweden, where the Group’s headquarters are located. The investment, worth almost 975 million SEK (about 92 million euros), is due to the «rapid development of autonomous and electrified vehicles», according to the official press release issued by the global manufacturer. If Scania’s application to the count administrative board (Länsstyrelsen) is accepted, the ambition is to begin the work during 2022, and this is expected to last until at least 2026. Scania has recently announced some more relevant investments to be carried out in Sweden, in order to improve charging network for heavy-duty trucks in Malmoe.
Scania will also expand the existing test track in Södertälje
In Södertälje, Scania has recently completed a new foundry and the work with a new building for battery assembly is ongoing. Along with the new test track, also the existing ones will be extended. «Our ambition is to be a leader within electrification of heavy vehicles and also strengthen our ability in autonomous vehicles over time. It will take large investments to stay at the forefront. We evaluate and examine the possibility to build a test track adapted for future vehicles to meet the demand in autonomous and electrification we see is on its way», said Anders Williamsson, Head of Industrial Operations, Scania.
«We continue to invest locally in Södertälje, to be close to the whole chain with production, development and testing. It is vital for Scania, but also important for the cluster of vehicles in the greater Stockholm region and for Sweden’s ability to take lead in the development of sustainable transport solutions».