Scania has now begun a comprehensive launch of a full range of products with alternative fuels and powertrains for Euro 6. The drive is a decisive step in the company’s long-term commitment to offering the widest range of sustainable transport solutions. The highlight of the programme is a Scania-developed hybrid truck for urban distribution combining electric and biodiesel operation; other engines run on gas and biogas, biodiesel, bioethanol and HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil). This further enhances Scania’s position as the manufacturer with the widest range of alternative fuels.
The newest and most spectacular item in Scania’s offer is the hybrid truck now premiering and being test-driven by European trucking and environmental journalists. The hybrid solution, developed by Scania itself, allows an 18-tonne distribution truck to operate solely on electric power for up to two kilometres. Electric operation is primarily intended for situations where other solutions don’t measure up, for example, city distribution at night in noise sensitive areas or driving through warehouses and car parks where one doesn’t want any exhaust fumes at all. Electric power is combined with Scania’s 9-litre Euro 6 engine with 320 hp, which can be operated on 100 percent biodiesel, such as FAME or HVO. With this latter fuel, CO2 can be reduced by as much as 92 percent.
Scania was the first manufacturer to sell and deliver Euro 6 engines, the highest emission classification in Europe, which makes a huge difference when it comes to reducing emissions. Scania was also the first to market a complete engine range based on three different biodiesel platforms, which can provide up to 65 percent CO2 reduction when using FAME fuel.
Moreover, in 2015 Scania gave the green light for using HVO in existing Euro 5 and Euro 6 engines. This renewable biodiesel fuel can yield up to 90 percent reduction in CO2 emissions.