Scania is investing EUR 15.5 million in a new battery laboratory at its research and development facilities in Södertälje, Sweden. Construction of the 1,000-square metre laboratory recently commenced and building works will be completed by spring 2021.
Following extensive testing and verification of equipment and instruments, the laboratory will be fully operative by autumn 2021.The laboratory will contain three 250-square metre test halls for battery cells, modules and packs.
The laboratory will primarily focus on battery performance and lifespan evaluation in varying climate conditions from -40°C to 70°C.
Claes Erixon, Head of Research and Development at Scania, says: “With the accelerating pace of development, the laboratory will strengthen our capacity to right-size batteries for every application. We have an ambitious roadmap ahead of us in annually launching new and updated electric products with related battery services. This underscores the need for world-class skills and knowledge in battery usage and lifecycle optimisation.”
He adds: “Scania will continue to invest in competence both in our own operations as well as through important partnerships. We are going to make sure that the Södertälje and the Stockholm region will remain in the forefront of in the research and development also in an electrified future of heavy transport.”
The company also says it will invest in a battery assembly plant in Södertälje. The initial step is a 18,000-square metre facility and the construction will start early 2021 with the aim to be fully operational by 2023.
The plant, which will be built adjacent to the chassis assembly plant in Södertälje, will assemble battery modules and packs from cells which will be delivered from Northvolt’s battery factory in Skellefteå, Sweden. The assembled packs form battery systems tailored for Scania’s modular production.