An investment of Skr 975m (US$104m) has been set aside by Scania to expand its Södertälje site in Sweden with a new test track, and renovate its existing facilities there. The additions will enable the commercial vehicle manufacturer to test and validate autonomous and connected car technology as well as electrified vehicle technologies with state-of-the-art facilities.
“Our ambition is to be a leader within electrification of heavy vehicles and also strengthen our ability in autonomous vehicles over time. It will take large investments to stay at the forefront. We have evaluated and examined the possibility to build a test track adapted for future vehicles to meet the demand in autonomous and electrification we see is on its way,” said Anders Williamsson, head of industrial operations, Scania.
Scania recently completed a new foundry at the Södertälje site. Construction of a new building for battery assembly is ongoing.
“We continue to invest locally in Södertälje, to be close to the whole chain with production, development and testing. It is vital for Scania, but also important for the cluster of vehicles in the greater Stockholm region and for Sweden’s ability to take lead in the development of sustainable transport solutions,” added Williamsson.
If Scania’s application to the count administrative board of Länsstyrelsen is accepted, the aim is to begin the work this year, and it is expected to last until at least 2026.