With its full-electric offering still to come, Scania is focusing on renewable fuels at this year’s NEC. Its stand will comprise only vehicles capable of operating on renewable fuels, including biodiesel, biogas and HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) – and hybrid power. Scania says this represents the first time a complete Scania UK exhibition stand will feature a full range of passenger carrying vehicle solutions covering city/suburban applications, intercity/commuter operations and long-haul touring devoted to sustainable transport.
“Two years ago, Scania declared its intention to drive the shift to sustainable transport systems,” says Martin West, new bus and coach sales director, Scania (Great Britain). “This was followed earlier this year by a major sustainable transport forum in Stockholm where the results of a study commissioned by Scania were presented. This study defines the pathways available to the commercial vehicle industry if the ambition of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming to a maximum of two degrees Celsius by 2050 is to be met.
“The study also concludes that we have now passed the tipping point whereby climate passiveness is no longer an option – and our display at Euro Bus Expo 2018 is a direct response to that call to action.”
Scania says that biofuel engines are a solution it can provide here and now, with the potential to reduce well-to-wheel emissions of carbon dioxide by up to 90 per cent in the case of biogas and HVO. HVO is an option for coach operators travelling into low emission zones, according to Scania, and it has recently completed a trial with a leading UK operator to prove its viability.
Scania acknowledges that electrification will play a key role in meeting emissions targets, although it puts that into the mid and long term horizon, including battery electric vehicles, vehicles powered by overhead lines, and fuel cell-powered vehicles.