Swedish commercial vehicle maker Scania has unveiled its NXT urban transport self-driving concept vehicle for 2030 that could change its function throughout the day.
The electric vehicle takes Scania’s modular concept to another level; the company said the NXT could shift from ferrying commuters to and from work in mornings and evenings, delivering goods during the day and collecting refuse at night.
In the NXT, the front and rear drive modules can be fitted to a bus body, a truck body or a refuse collector.
The bus module of this concept vehicle is on display at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm, which runs from 10–12 June.
“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,” says Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson. “NXT is designed for 2030 and beyond while incorporating several cutting-edge features that are already available.”
The eight-metre long bus module is built as one composite unit, substantially reducing weight. The cylindrical cell batteries are placed under the floor, thereby utilising otherwise dead space as well as contributing to better weight distribution. With the low vehicle weight of less than eight tonnes, the range with present-day batteries is estimated at 245km.