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VW's Trucking CEO Sees Electric Rigs Hauling Timber in the Cold

Christian Levin, who heads Traton and Scania, on why batteries will be the dominant technology for commercial vehicles.

A Scania 64-ton electric truck.

A Scania 64-ton electric truck.

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Christian Levin has a difficult job at the Volkswagen group. 

The 55-year-old Swede was named chief executive officer of the Traton trucking unit after a management shakeup last year. He’s to steer a turnaround of the business after Europe’s biggest carmaker struggled for years to improve cooperation between its different commercial-vehicle brands. Levin is supposed to make Traton fit for the electric age, lead the integration of the Navistar International acquisition and create a new manufacturing hub in China.