Scania’s First Electric Truck Arrives in MexicoBy Sofía Garduño | Fri, 04/22/2022 - 16:22
Scania Mexico will introduce the country’s first electric truck, making Mexico the first in Latin America to receive this technology. The launch of this truck aligns with the Swedish heavy-vehicle OEM’s Science Based Targets, which aim to boost decarbonization around the world through electrification.
“Sania’s commitment with sustainability is here and now. This is the reason why we have brought this vehicle directly from the EU, so it can start moving in Mexico’s streets, collect data and provide a personalized offering to our clients,” said Miguel Guerrero, Marketing and Communication Coordinator, Scania Mexico.
Scania sustainability strategy is based on energy efficiency, safety, intelligent transportation and the use of alternative fuels and electrification. The new truck offers 250 KW of power and an active safety system. Additionally, it has a 250 km autonomy, nine ion lithium batteries and 1,620 stored energy cells.
Scania aims to launch a new electric truck every year to reduce CO2 emissions. The automaker is also focused on developing more efficient batteries for its trucks. Although the truck will be tested in Mexico for a short time, Scania said that it is ready to be commercialized.
“At Scania, we are aware that global warming remains an issue and act proactively in finding a solution. We have different technologies available for different markets that include vehicles powered by hydrogen, ethanol, biogas, LP gas, natural gas and electricity, among others. We are aware we are living a transition period, in which technologies will last longer. Scania adapts to customers’ needs,” said Raúl Rodríguez, Business Transformation Solutions Director at Scania México, to MBN.
Transportation is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. In this sense, the transition towards electromobility is not just a matter of environmental awareness but also of public health responsibility. Only 1 percent of the world population breathes pollution-free air, with about 4.2 million people dying annually from diseases related to ambient air pollution. The INSP reports that air pollution is the ninth risk factor of death and disability in Mexico. Loud sounds also affect the population. According to the Ministry of Health, 2.3 million Mexicans suffer auditive disabilities and the number is rising due to COVID-19 consequences. Through innovation in its electric trucks, Scania is also committed to reduce sound pollution.