Scania unveils modular battery-electric self-driving city idea automobile

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Scania, a member of the Volkswagen Group, has developed a brand new modular battery-electric self-driving city idea automobile–NXT—designed with the pliability to shift from ferrying commuters to and from work in mornings and evenings, delivering items throughout the day and amassing refuse at evening.

In NXT, the entrance and rear drive modules might be fitted to a bus physique, a distribution truck physique or a refuse collector. The bus module of this modern idea automobile is on show on the UITP World Public Transport Summit in Stockholm, 10–12 June.


The eight-meter-long bus module is constructed as one composite unit, considerably lowering weight. The cylindrical cell batteries are positioned beneath the ground, thereby using in any other case useless area in addition to contributing to raised weight distribution. With the low automobile weight of lower than eight tonnes, the vary with present-day batteries is estimated at 245 kilometers.

NXT with bus module.

NXT is a imaginative and prescient of the long run for transport in cities. A number of of those applied sciences have but to totally mature however for us it’s been essential to truly construct an idea automobile to visibly and technically display concepts of what’s inside attain. NXT is designed for 2030 and past whereas incorporating a number of cutting-edge options which can be already accessible.

We at Scania can’t redraw your entire transport system for cities. What we are able to do is encourage change and that’s the thought behind NXT – to consider transport and autos in a unique and sustainable means.

—,Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson


That is one thing new, one thing very completely different. But versatile design and modularized items lie very a lot on the core of Scania. Steady enchancment in small steps has been the hallmark of Scania. We at the moment are taking a large leap into the long run. This automobile will present invaluable tangible information in our continued improvement of electrified autonomous autos.

—Robert Sjödin, NXT Challenge Supervisor

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