Scania has unveiled its new battery electric self-driving NXT urban concept vehicle designed with the ﬂexibility to shift from ferrying commuters to and from work in mornings and evenings, delivering goods during the day and collecting refuse at night.
In a bold display of innovation, Scania’s engineers have taken the company’s DNA – the modular system – to the next level in developing a concept vehicle that can change shape for varying urban assignments.
Countless cities are now 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.
Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson said: “NXT is a vision of the future for transport in cities.
Several of these technologies have yet to fully mature but for us it’s been important to actually build a concept vehicle to visibly and technically demonstrate ideas of what is within reach.
NXT is designed for 2030 and beyond while incorporating several cutting-edge features that are already available.”
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 was on display at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm on June 10-12.
Mr Henriksson adds: “We at Scania can’t redraw the entire transport system for cities. What we can do is inspire change and that is the idea behind NXT – to think about transport and vehicles in a different and sustainable way.”
Public transport has always meant sharing. That now needs to be taken to the next level. With a higher degree of automation, it will be simpler to introduce greater ﬂexibility in public transport.
NXT Project Manager Robert Sjödin says: “This is something new, something very different. Yet ﬂexible design and modularised units lie very much at the core of Scania,”
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 less 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,” says Sjödin. “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.”