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Scania has launched a new range of fully electric trucks which can reach up to 350km on one charge and are targeted at regional operations.

The Scania 45 R and S are available for order now, with production commencing in Q4 2023.

The vehicles, which are designed for customers looking to electrify their regional operations, come with an improved driveline, batteries and charging capability, and are available in R and S sleeper cabs and as a 4x2 tractor or as 6x2/4 rigid.

Christian Levin, Scania chief executive, said: “This introduction represents a major milestone for us and for our partners.

“We are now increasing our range and offering new opportunities to cater for a wider selection of customers and the whole transport ecosystem. These trucks are part of the solution that the transport industry is asking for.”

Customers will also be offered charging, finance, insurance and maintenance, offering a single point of contact.

Fredrik Allard, Scania senior vice president and head of electrification, added: “The addition of these solutions is a major step-change for customers who want to take charge.

“We are facilitating a transition for our customers by including values they deem important, such as a close partnership and wanting to be zero emission.

“Scania has now reached a maturity with its electric range. With this major addition to our existing hybrids and the battery electric trucks for urban distribution we introduced in 2020, we can now offer a sustainable and multi-faceted portfolio of zero-emission solutions for our customers.”

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The trucks’ batteries have been improved, with 624 kWh packs installed, which are assembled in-house at Scania.

The heating and cooling system has been reworked to maintain the powertrain’s and battery pack’s optimum operating temperature and to allow drivers greater control of the cabin temperature.

The vehicle’s range is dependent on several factors, including weight, configuration and topography, with a 4x2 tractor with six batteries able to do up to 350 km between charges, travelling at an average speed of 50mph.

The charging capability has also been increased up to 375 kW, adding up to 300 km of range in an hour of charging.

Scania said the continuous power output level for the Scania 45 R and S is 410 kW is approximately 560hp, adding that the new triple electric machine powertrain provides “ample” electro-mechanical power take-off, allowing customers to use the vehicles for temperature controlled and bulk transportation.

The 4x2 tractor’s axle distance has also been increased to 4,150mm, when specified with six batteries, allowing it to bene¬fit from the Increased Vehicle Dimension regulation in Europe. Gross train weight for the tractor unit is up to 64 tonnes.

Levin said: “Tackling the global CO2 challenges means that we all need to produce and consume in new ways.

“Reduce, reuse and recycle have always been important for Scania. The only thing that stands between us and a major transition to a fossil-free transport system, based on electrified solutions, is a complete charging infrastructure, but we are seeing great progress there too.”

Launching the trucks, Scania said the availability of charging solutions is “crucial” for European customers who want to start investing in battery electric trucks on a greater scale. To this end the OEM said it will be offering offer complete charging solutions to its customers.