Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania and Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt have unveiled a jointly developed lithium-ion battery cell for heavy EVs, which they say is capable of powering trucks for 1.5 million kilometers.
The specifications of the prismatic cell include a 157 Ah capacity and a nominal voltage of 3.6 V. Produced with fossil-free electricity at Northvolt’s gigafactory in northern Sweden, the cell’s carbon footprint is approximately one-third that of a comparative industry reference lithium-ion cell, according to the company. Later this year, Scania will open a new battery factory in Södertälje, Sweden, where these cells will be assembled into battery packs for the production of heavy-duty electric trucks.
“As the development of the battery cell started, we targeted high performance, low operating costs and long lifetime,” said Christian Levin, CEO of Scania. “We decided on a requirement for the cell to enable a 1.5 million kilometers long lifetime for a heavy-duty Scania vehicle, which the tests show can not only be met, but exceeded.”