Scania’s engineers have been working on developing a concept vehicle, NXT, that can change shape for different urban assignments.
A Green Change
Countless Scandinavian cities have for the past two years been catalysing change in urban transport, driven by the need for lower emissions and less congestion.
Technological and infrastructural advances in electric and autonomous vehicles will be key enablers for cities when shifting to a sustainable transport system.
A Vision of Future Transport
“NXT is a vision of the future for transport in cities,” said Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson.
And added: “NXT is designed for 2030 and beyond while incorporating several cutting-edge features that are already available.”
Functions Like a Puzzle
In NXT, the front and rear drive modules can be fitted to a bus body, a distribution truck body or a refuse collector.
The bus module of this innovative concept vehicle is on display at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm, 10–12 June.
Higher Degree of Automation
Scania states that they aim for a higher degree of automation, which will be simpler to introduce greater flexibility in public transport.
“This is something new, something very different. Yet flexible design and modularised units lie very much at the core of Scania,” said Robert Sjödin, NXT Project Manager.
The eight-metre-long bus module is built as one composite unit, substantially reducing weight.
The cylindrical cell batteries are placed under the floor, thereby utilising otherwise dead space as well as contributing to better weight distribution.
With the low vehicle weight of fewer than eight tonnes, the range with present-day batteries is estimated at 245 kilometres.
“Continuous improvement in small steps has been the hallmark of Scania,” said Sjödin.
He added: “We are now taking a giant leap into the future. This vehicle will provide invaluable tangible data in our continued development of electrified autonomous vehicles.”
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