The ZEFES coffee break with Christer Thorén – SCANIA CV AB

Christer started working at Scania in 2002 and has worked with electrified vehicles since 2011. Currently, he works as project manager for several electrification projects at Scania including ZEFES.

What was your original motivation to become a researcher/project manager?
I enjoy working with the big picture to understand how everything is connected. As a project manager with a technical responsibility, it gives me the possibility to understand that.

What is your (main) research area today?
We at Scania Pilot Partner want to understand the current and future need of our customers and initiate project to confirm our ideas. These projects always are based on electric vehicles but can include heavy transport, charging etc.

What is the main focus of your team in ZEFES?
Our main focus is to understand the challenges with the scale up of infrastructure, both charging points and hydrogen stations. This will affect the total volume of electrified vehicles in the future which is important for Scania to understand.

From all your activities within the project, what are you the most proud of/keen to share with the public?
The project has just started and we are still in the planning phase. However we have already realized that the e-trailer is here to stay and that we need to understand how it cooperates with the truck.

How do you expect the ZEFES results will impact your organisation and the transport sector in Europe?
The knowledge from ZEFES will directly affect our volume planning as the infrastructure is crucial for our customers and without infrastructure our customer cannot fulfil their customers need.

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