Doctoral students had a look into the Scania of tomorrow

Monday, December 12, 2016

SHC’s doctoral network gathered at Scania recently, to learn how the company works with electrification and what skills will be in demand in coming years.

Maria Taljegård
Maria Taljegård had some of her research questions answered at the study visit to Scania.

What competence will the big vehicle manufacturers look for in the future, and what skills will be necessary to develop tomorrow’s heavy vehicles? The answers to these questions can be essential for doctoral students considering a career in the vehicle industry.

When SHC’s doctoral network gathered at Scania’s site in Södertälje recently, the aim of the visit was to learn more about how vehicle manufacturer works with electrification and what skills will be in demand in the coming years. A group of about thirty doctoral students was received at Scania, for presentations of electric and hybrid technology, technology trends from the company’s perspective and a tour of the site.

One of the doctoral students who jumped at the opportunity to get her questions answered was Maria Taljegård, who does her PhD in Energy Technology at Chalmers.

“It was interesting to learn that Scania really sees electrification as a possibility, and that they look at both electric road systems, batteries and hydrogen”, say Maria Taljegård. “Since the presentations that we listened to touched several different aspects, I think that most of the participants got something out of the visit. As for me, I got answers to my questions about battery analysis and how Scania works methodologically with electric trucks.”

During the two-day meeting the group also had opportunity to network with each other, talk about their own research and do some “speed dating” to find new research contacts. Maria Taljegård explains that the network is an important platform for meeting doctoral students in the same research area and getting to know those who work at other universities.

“On this occasion I go to know two or three doctoral students that I may have further exchange with concerning my research”, she says.

SHC’s doctoral network welcomes all students from Swedish universities whose research is relevant to electric and hybrid vehicles and the surrounding infrastructure. The network members are invited to SHC’s events and PhD courses, and to recurring networking activities organized by project manager Fernanda Lodi Marzano, researcher at Uppsala University.

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Text: Emilia Lundgren