San Francisco Bay Area readers, or anyone who has ridden (or driven behind) Muni buses, are more than familiar with the concept of electric-powered commercial vehicles getting energy through a roof-mounted apparatus connected to wires. Now, Sweden-based Scania and German company Siemens are partnering on a similar technology that would be used by commercial trucks on Sweden's highways.

The companies aren't releasing a ton of detail on the subject, only saying that the trucks will have pantographs (i.e., those roof-mounted things) that will let trucks be powered by electricity through nearby wires. That means far less diesel being belched on Sweden's roads. Scania was a sister company of Saab for more than a quarter century before the companies were split in 1995.

"Full-scale demonstration of electrified road sections can quickly become a reality through this partnership," says Henrik Henriksson, Executive Vice President and head of Scania's sales and marketing, in a statement. How quick? We'll hopefully find out soon. In the meantime, you can read Scania's press release below.
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Scania and Siemens to develop electrically powered vehicles

Scania and Siemens have entered into a partnership which involves the integration of Siemens technology to power vehicles with Scania's expertise in the electrification of powertrains in trucks and buses. The partnership means that Sweden may become the world's first country with electrically powered trucks and electrified roads for commercial use.

Scania has for a long time explored the possibilities of electrifying the powertrain in buses and trucks. Siemens has been working with technology, in which vehicles receive power from a wire in the air via a pantograph on the roof. The two companies have now teamed up to develop electrically powered trucks for commercial use.

"Full-scale demonstration of electrified road sections can quickly become a reality through this partnership," says Henrik Henriksson, Executive Vice President and head of Scania's sales and marketing. "Fuel savings made possible by electrification are huge, and this project is a foundation stone for fossil-free road transport."

Scania continuously strives to reduce heavy transport's environmental impact, and the development of electric vehicles will be an important part of the transition to a more sustainable transport system. Scania's powertrain technology with a hybrid powertrain (a combination of electric and internal combustion technology) can be supplemented by electrical transmission through a line in the air (conduction) or powered through the road surface (induction), thus becoming completely electrically powered on electrified road sections.

For further information, please contact Hans-Åke Danielsson, Press Manager, tel. +46 8 553 856 62.

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. Service-related products account for a growing proportion of the company's operations, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime Scania also offers financial services. Employing some 38,600 people, the company operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of both components and complete vehicles. In 2012, net sales totalled SEK 79.6 billion and net income amounted to SEK 6.6 billion. Scania press releases are available on www.scania.com (http://www.scania.com/se)


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