Scania invests in Sweden battery assembly plant using cells from Northvolt

by Margaret Lau
Battery assembly plant 'pre-requisite for large-scale EV production'. Photo: Scania
Transport company Scania plans to invest "well over” SEK 1bn (£87m) to establish a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Sweden, as the company ramps up expansion of its electrified range of trucks, buses and engines.

Scania said the initial step in its plans involve starting construction of an 18,000 sq metre facility in Södertälje, early next year, with the aim to be fully operational by 2023.

The plant will be built adjacent to Scania’s chassis assembly plant and will assemble battery modules and packs from cells provided by Northvolt’s planned battery factory in Skellefteå, Sweden.

The assembled packs will form battery systems tailored for Scania’s modular production for a variety of applications.

'Large-scale production'

Scania head of production and logistics Ruthger de Vries said: "Operating an on-site battery assembly plant is a pre-requisite for large-scale production of electric vehicles and it also establishes Scania clearly as a part of the battery production value chain.”

"Electrification will transform transport and this latest investment in Scania’s operations in Södertälje will further strengthen Sweden as a centre of cutting-edge innovation within heavy vehicle electrification.”

Scania started series production of hybrid buses in 2015, followed by its first fully electric bus range in 2019. This was recently followed by the introduction of Scania’s plug-in hybrid truck and the fully-electric truck. Series production of the electric truck starts in 2021. Electrified industrial and marine power solutions are also being developed.

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