Scania has announced its plans to launch Scania Charging Access in October, a new service that offers seamless access to a Europe-based charging network for mixed fleets of trucks and buses.
The goal is to simplify the transition to electrification and fulfil the needs of customers for more charging solutions.
Scania Charging Access will provide customers with set, predictable costs with no hidden fees through a convenient invoicing system, allowing them to plan, operate, and pay for their public charging through one service. The coverage for public charging of trucks, combined with the first European service of its kind available for mixed fleets, makes Scania Charging Access an innovative and much-needed solution.
The focus of Scania Charging Access is on availability, simplicity, and uptime, enabling drivers to locate charging stations suitable for trucks and providing peace of mind for fleet managers. With Scania Charging Access, customers will no longer have to struggle with different apps, conditions, and invoices. Instead, they can obtain reliable and relevant information about where to find charging stations that are suitable for trucks and buses, and be assured that they are paying fair local prices.
“Scania Charging Access will help iron out the hurdles and stress connected to en-route charging by offering an extensive network and hassle-free administration,” says Fredrik Allard, Senior Vice President and Head of e-mobility at Scania. “This service will no doubt be welcomed by hesitant hauliers and transport buyers. It will help lead the way towards the large-scale electrification of buses and trucks in different applications in Europe.”
The Scania Charging Access service will launch in multiple European countries in October and will be expanded to cover public charging networks built for trucks. The initial customer interfaces will be My Scania and the newly released Scania Driver App, allowing drivers to find charging stations, calculate the distance to them, and monitor the charging processes. Scania Charging Access is open to customers with mixed fleets.
Allard hopes that Scania’s initiative will inspire other OEMs to create shared networks for mixed fleets, offering customers access to the broadest possible charging network for trucks in Europe. “The whole transport industry is longing for something like this to happen,” he said. “Scania Charging Access is first and foremost about creating the right conditions for a true e-Mobility transformation of our industry.”
Scania cannot disclose its network partners yet, but Allard says there is potential for local Scania dealer networks and major providers within the car charging business to join Scania’s charging service. “I am not saying we are philanthropists, but the main target is to create the necessary infrastructure for sustainable transport,” he said.