New battery cell for heavy electric vehicles is capable of powering trucks for 1.5 million kilometres
Produced with fossil-free electricity, in northern Sweden, the cell’s carbon footprint is estimated to be approximately one-third that of a comparative industry reference.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
April 21, 2023
In 2017, Scania and Northvolt joined forces to develop and commercialize a world-leading battery cell for heavy commercial vehicles. The partnership has now resulted in the cell being produced at the Northvolt Ett gigafactory in northern Sweden. In validation tests, the lithium-ion cell has demonstrated a capacity to power trucks for 1.5 million kilometres — equivalent to the truck’s whole lifetime. Later this year, Scania will inaugurate a new battery factory in Sweden, where battery cells will be assembled into battery packs for the start of production of heavy-duty electric trucks.
— We and Scania agreed to an ambitious timeline for the development of a high-performance battery cell which would enable their plans for electrifying heavy transport. To have proceeded through extensive development and validation phases, and now be delivering cells from Northvolt Ett which exceed our initial expectations in terms of performance is a tremendous accomplishment for everyone involved, Peter Carlsson, CEO and co-founder of Northvolt, comments.
Christian Levin, CEO of Scania, calls this a milestone on the path towards a sustainable transport system.
— The future of heavy transport is electric, he states, and to enable the shift and to continue delivering on our brand promise towards customers to be premium, we need top-performing battery cells for our electric trucks. As the development of the battery cell started, we targeted high performance, low operating costs and long lifetime. We decided on a requirement for the cell to enable a 1.5 million kilometers long lifetime for a heavy-duty Scania vehicle. The tests show that this requirement can not only be met, but also exceeded.