A lot of research and development is happening around the world in autonomous driving technology and electromobility.
Swedish commercial vehicles manufacturer Scania plans further investments in Södertälje for a new test track, according to a press release. As a part R&D operation of Scania, the new test track will be used for trails of its future vehicles.
Anders Williamsson, Head of Industrial Operations, Scania, says, ”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 evaluate and examine 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,”.
In Södertälje, Scania is currently working on a new building for battery assembly after recently completing a new foundry. Now, the company plans for yet another investment of about 975 million SEK. This time, it will be for a new test track, as well as for the extension of existing ones.
”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,” says Williamsson.
If the count administrative board (Länsstyrelsen) accepts Scania’s application, the company aims to begin the work in 2022. Furthermore, Scania expects the work to last until at least 2026.
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