Electrification of heavy transport: no longer a trend, but a standard

Scania Lietuva CEO Darius Snieška. photo Ryčis Galadauskas.

Darius Snieška, regional manager of Scania Lietuva UAB, first reminds in the podcast that the origins of the famous Swedish vehicle manufacturer Scania go back to 1891. Remembering the twists and turns of this company’s history, he emphasizes that now he concentrates only on the production of heavy and passenger transport.

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D. Snieška has no doubt that renewable energy – electricity, hydrogen, biogas, etc. – “fuel” for the trucks of the future. Scania, for example, recently introduced a new range of electrified trucks with higher-capacity batteries, allowing the cars to travel significantly further on a single charge.

“Electrification is leading not only in light, but also in heavy passenger transport. This is not a trend, but, one might say, a standard, states the head of Scania Lietuva. – This is dictated by both market demand and a rather strong political and sustainability motive. And, of course, the development of technology and its abundance.”

According to him, it is now only a matter of time before an electric car will fully compete with a car with an internal combustion engine in terms of range and speed of refueling.

In the podcast, D. Snieška also shares his thoughts on the strong progress of European electric heavy transport manufacturers in competition with the American Tesla, the prospects of electric passenger transport – trolleybuses and electric buses, as well as connected cars. Connected Vehicles) present and future and the benefits of “communicating” cars for manufacturers and transport companies.

The interview also analyzes the perspectives of autonomous vehicle driving and the impact on traffic safety. By the way, the first test Scania self-driving car was with an internal combustion engine, and the ones being developed now are powered only by electricity. “Electrification and transport autonomy go hand in hand,” says the head of Scania Lietuva. “Autonomous car driving, when drivers will not be needed, is not a utopia, but a real issue in the medium perspective, and in the long term it may become the standard for some transport segments.”

Scania’s specialists are currently working on the fourth and fifth levels of autonomous driving, when the driver is no longer necessary in the cab or even the cab itself, and the decisions about where to turn and drive are made by the car itself. Such Scania cars already work in closed areas, for example, trucks in quarries, buses in student campuses.

What Scania innovation pleases D. Snieškas the most and what was presented to an Estonian customer for the first time in the Baltic States, in which field Scania Lietuva aims to be a leader, what innovation will be available in the country in October, what is the future of electric trucks in Lithuania in the coming years and much other information you will learn by listening podcast.

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