Alimerka has added to its fleet the first trailer truck in Europe with a Scania 13 liter engine powered by LNG. With this vehicle they have a total of 46 Scania LNG trucks, which represents 61% of the Asturian distribution company’s total. This vehicle, which thanks to the double LNG tanks reaches a range of up to 1,600 km depending on the route and the type of freight, will be in charge of the regional transport to the different points of sale that the distribution chain has in Asturias, Castilla León and Galicia.
The Scania 13 liter engine corresponds to a new era of natural gas engines for long-distance transport, with a reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15% with natural gas and up to 90% with biogas. The new engine, which is based on the already famous 13-liter Scania engine; is a newly developed engine that runs on natural gas and uses the Otto principle, with spark plugs and full combustion. It offers an output of 410 hp and 2,000 Nm from 1,100 to 1,400 rpm. These are figures comparable to its diesel engine counterpart. This engine provides a comfortable and safe driving for the driver with a fast gear selection.
Moreover, Scania engineers have developed a special safety aspect: they have turned the tank valves upside down, that is, in the opposite direction to the direction of travel. It is a seemingly simple, but thoughtful, detail that reduces the risk of damage to the valves in case they are hit with stones or gravel.
Alimerka joins the market interest for natural gas and biogas vehicles with growing demand in Europe, and is a pioneer in this type of initiatives with the purchase of the first NGVs in 2016. The goal of this project is to provide a sustainable and efficient solution for the environment, as well as to guarantee the reduction of both fuel consumption and fuel costs. These vehicles are very versatile and are prepared for long distances and for urban transport since they have a comparable performance with a diesel engine of the same size and the noise they emit is approximately half that of a conventional diesel vehicle.
In this extremely encouraging scenario for sustainable mobility, where more and more Spanish transport fleets add vehicles powered by natural gas, AltFuels Iberia 2019 will take place on 11-14 June at IFEMA Trade Center, Madrid. It will be an event consisting of first level conferences and exhibition of vehicles of all kinds, refueling stations, components, plants, road and marine engines, as well as the entire universe of the alternative fuels industry with the latest technological developments, multiple options for networking, business and new advances. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.