For two weeks, Pascua will have the opportunity to check the benefits of Scania’s #NextGenScania line under real operating conditions, thanks to the Demo Trucks program. Through this, the Swedish brand delivers vehicles specifically configured to the needs of the potential client. The vehicle is used by the carrier in its normal operations, at no extra cost and with a training and follow-up course included for those designated as drivers.
Pascua has already started using the Scania CNG truck for long-distance logistics operations. This week it transported cement from Loma Negra, in Olavarría, to Buenos Aires. The Demo Truck’s eight gas tanks were refueled at a service station in Olavarría. The vehicle’s range is 500 kilometers.
“Scania provided us with one of the CNG trucks that they are promoting. We made an alliance in order to know its performance and the results it will produce. According to Scania, the truck’s most prominent point is the efficiency to avoid contamination, while the consumption of CNG is much lower compared to diesel fuel,” said businessman Santiago Pascua to the newspaper El Popular.
During the two-week trial, various performance patterns will be evaluated, in order to have an accurate scenario of how much the vehicle costs to operate and how it should be used. It is a true truck test done in the company, on the road, in the region and under real conditions.
“The driving and its comfort is the same as other models, but much quieter than a diesel truck”, said the driver Pablo Luguercio, who approved the evaluation to be in front of the Scania Demo Truck through the Driver Coaching service.
From Scania they clarified that these are not diesel or gasoline engines converted to natural gas but that they were developed and built from factory to run on CNG, which allows maximum efficiency in terms of torque and performance curve. Scania estimates that operating savings reach 30% compared to trucks of similar powers with diesel engines.
Scania Argentina’s natural gas engine proposal includes an option of 9 liters and 5 cylinders, and another of 13 liters and 6 cylinders. Complying with the Euro 6 standard, both 9 and 13-liter engine platforms are Otto cycle, with spark ignition and spark plugs, and are designed to run solely on gas. It can be CNG or LNG, and Scania equips the truck with the specific tank for the indicated fuel, but the engine is exactly the same in either case.