Six new biogas-powered buses of Vekka Group (Hämeenlinnan bussiliikenne) started service in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Supplied by Scania Finland, the vehicles will operate in the city’s public transport services 1, 3 and 11, the contract for which was awarded to the Vekka Group in competitive tendering last year.
The buses will cover more than 500,000 km each year. Using biomethane as their fuel will help cut their annual CO2 emissions by almost 500 tons. In terms of kilometers driven by, for example, a diesel-fueled estate car, this equates 1,100 times all the way up and down Finland from Hanko to Utsjoki and back. The new fleet also supports Hämeenlinna’s goal of increasing the use of sustainable transport and alternative fuels.
“It’s great that we’re able to offer cleaner public transport for people in Hämeenlinna. As far as we know, we’re the first and only bus company using environmentally friendly fuel forms in the area. It’s important for us to take environmental considerations into account in our investments in the future, too,” commented Vekka Group CEO Tomi Vasiljev.
“It’s been great to see in recent years how well the NGVs supplied by us have performed. All of our customers have been pleased with their purchases without any exceptions. These vehicles have many superior characteristics that currently make them a highly viable option when considering the investment specifically from the environmental, lifecycle emissions and overall economic perspectives. Gas technology is reliable, the vehicles are quiet and buses provide excellent passenger comfort in urban traffic,” said Scania Finland Key Account Manager Ilkka Korpela.
“It’s been a pleasure to cooperate with the Vekka Group, and it’s great to find that interest in natural gas-powered buses is clearly on the increase. Among the renewable fuels, biogas is one of the most economical options for public transport emission reductions,” said Gasum Sales Manager Ville Sipponen.
Demand for natural gas in the Hämeenlinna area has been increasing rapidly in recent years as regards passenger cars and heavy-duty vehicles alike. Gasum has responded to this demand by increasing the service capacity of Hämeenlinna’s Tiiriö filling station through the installation of a larger gas storage unit and an additional compressor.