As part of the purpose of leading the shift towards a sustainable transport system, Scania announced the start of the production of LNG and LNG-propelled trucks, at its factory located in the city of São Bernardo do Campo, San Pablo. The arrival of these vehicles is included in the investment plan of US$600 million that the firm has been executing in Brazil between 2016 and 2020, contemplating the launch of the brand’s New Generation of Trucks.
“The industrialization of NGVs complements the New Generation of Scania Trucks launched in 2018, made available to the market based on Scania Global Production System,” said Christopher Podgorski, President and CEO of Scania. “Another US$350 million will be invested between 2021 and 2024, which will allow us to further advance in technologies in the direction of alternative fuels and decarbonization of the transport and logistics sector.”
The regional production of Scania natural gas trucks meets the precepts of the brand’s well-known Modular System, which allows the manufacture of different models from a limited number of components, according to the application of the vehicle. In the case of NGVs, the difference between CNG and LNG models lies in the installation of specific storage tanks according to the state of the fuel: liquid by cooling or gaseous by pressurization.
The Latin American unit will also be responsible for directing the global development of natural gas vehicles. “The Research and Development (R&D) area will lead the future advances of this technology in the Scania group,” Podgorski reported.
According to Podgorski, natural gas is a great opportunity due to the resources available in the region, and also represents an important step towards the search for a more sustainable transport. The development of unconventional potential, mainly in the Vaca Muerta field in Argentina, and new and renewed regional gas integration efforts, emerge in the current scenario as alternatives to increase the supply of natural gas and achieve greater fuel availability.
The natural gas market in Latin America is expanding, currently represents 26% of the region’s energy grid, and has great advantages at the environmental level as a substitute for coal and liquid fuels.