Scania unveils its vision of 2030 urban transport

Scania has unveiled its vision of urban transportation in 2030. Not just distribution of goods, but transport of commuting humans and refuse collection, as well, all using the same vehicle.

Scania’s NXT concept vehicle, a working prototype of which is currently under construction, takes the company’s modular philosophy to a new level by providing a platform onto which a variety of dedicated modules can be mounted. The presence of a human driver doesn’t feature in the plan.

Scania sees a typical daily duty cycle as starting by carrying commuters to work, before spending the day delivering freight before changing back to passenger mode for the homeward commute. Then in the evening, it can become a refuse collection vehicle. Think of a wheeled version of Thunderbird 2.

The difference is that the NXT has separate drive modules, front and rear, providing the functions normally supplied by a truck’s driveline and chassis. Power will of course be electrical, from batteries located under the floor.

As an eight-metre bus with a lightweight composite module, weighing less than 8,000kg, the NXT is expected to have 245km range with current battery technology, although a lot is likely to happen to that aspect over the next decade.

Scania’s president and CEO Henrik Henriksson says “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,” adding “NXT is designed for 2030 and beyond while incorporating several cutting-edge features that are already available.”

Learn about the product innovation which has made SDC Trailers the UK’s leading trailer builder


In this free downloadable white paper we celebrate the 40th anniversary of SDC Trailers by examining the company’s history of innovation.

After an introduction from CEO Enda Cushnahan, we take a look back at the story so far. After being established 40 years ago in a small shed SDC has become the UK’s leading trailer builder, making them a great example of a UK manufacturing success. Although technology has moved on in the intervening decades, SDC has held on to their principle of designing and building exactly what the customer needs for their particular operation. “That’s one of our USPs” says Cushnahan.

“Now 30 years on we still set ourselves the challenge of trying to translate what the customer wants rather than building an off the shelf product. Each trailer on the production line is being built specifically for a customer.” Enda Cushnahan, chief executive officer, SDC Trailers

From page 8 we round off this CM Special by looking at examples of what drives SDC forward – product innovation. This includes the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) semi-trailer, launched in 2016 as a world-first. SDC’s patented KERS trailer can deliver a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 25% by capturing electrical energy during vehicle deceleration in a bank of graphene ultra-capacitors.

SDC Innovation Roll of Honour

2010: Launches 3-axle skeletal trailer than splits in two, to form a single axle trailer for transporting 2x20ft containers.
Launches ‘Aeroliner’ aerodynamic trailer with 12% fuel savings.
Introduces roll stability systems (RSS) for brake type approval two years ahead of mandatory legalisation.

2011: Manufactures and tests the UK’s first 14.6m and 15.65m longer length semi- trailers.
Develop a new lightweight walking floor trailer with an increased capacity of 90.2 cu m.

2012: Builds 3-truck transporters based on a longer length chassis - a first for the UK market.

2013: Launches ‘Autoliner’ car transporter with increased flexibility for vehicle transport operators.

2015: Named Motor Transport National Innovation Award winner with Malcolm Logistics for 15.65m extendable skeletal trailer.

2016: Launches the world’s first application for a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) on a semi-trailer.

2018: Launches hydraulic lifting deck curtainsider featuring lightweight deck design suitable for 52 pallet operation, exhibited at the CV Show and received third place in the Trailer Innovation Award body category.