Scania said it will release their newest electrified power system, the E-Machine, late in 2023, with the U.S. market expected to begin receiving shipments early in 2024.
The new solution will allow for controlled performance and seamless shifting between hybrid and fully electric. The product was on display at Scania's booth at this year’s International WorkBoat Show.
The E-Machine is the company’s latest electric hybrid engine package equipped with intelligent systems, said Scania's Global Sales Development Manager Torben Dabrowski. The package provides 230 kilowatts of continuous electric power, and can cut down on potential CO2 emissions by 92% in hybrid mode and 98% in fully electric, both assuming renewable electricity. The key for the E-Machine is not just to provide a more sustainable solution, but to do so in a way that is easy for customers to implement. Much of that comes down to the system’s modularity, which, Dabrowski explained, permits the stacking together of multiple units. Scania’s modularity also allows for different part numbers to be used for more products, increasing part availability.
The most important functionality of the E-Machine is its intelligence and the ability for users to control all power functions of the engine system. In other words, everything from the diesel engine, battery components, the battery management system, and all of the components that are in Scania’s system. Dabrowski said that any compressor “is communicating and integrated within the system.” He noted that the “uniqueness of the system is that they have control over the entire system.”
This kind of hybrid system can provide plenty of value to a number of different vessel types. For example, any type of vessel that takes a known route with predictability, such as passenger ferries in the U.S. or road ferries in Europe. He also mentioned wind service vessels.