Scania will start its first field tests of coming battery electric buses in the northern Swedish city of Östersund. Three Scania Citywide LF buses will be in operation from the end of 2017 with an additional three buses added in early 2019.
Östersund, with its seasonal climate of cold winters and moderately warm summers, is the ideal location for testing performance in actual operations. The trials constitutes the initial stage in the ongoing development of battery electric buses.—Anna Carmo e Silva, Head of Scania Buses and Coaches
Scania presently offers the widest range of buses and coaches for alternative fuels, including biogas, bioethanol, biodiesel and hybrid electric buses. By adding battery electric buses, Scania will complement this range with buses particularly for inner-city operations, said Carmo e Silva.
Two new charging stations will be built in Östersund to supply the six buses at both ends of the 14-kilometer 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, a subsidiary of the Norwegian State Railways, NSB, which is the second largest bus operator in the Nordic countries.