Through its subsidiary Scania Méditerranée, the manufacturer has completed the sale of the country’s first vehicle equipped with a Euro 6 natural gas engine, which can also run on biomethane. It has a P 340 DB6x2*4MNB bodywork with a refrigeration body built by Chéreau, and features an Allison automatic transmission. Besides, its refrigeration unit is directly powered by the gas engine.
The new truck will be added to Biocoop’s 33-vehicle fleet and will operate in the Paris region. The French cooperative network specialized in the distribution of organic food and cosmetics had expressed the wish to acquire a “clean” vehicle to strengthen the green image of the company and its products, as they take care of the transport and delivery of the goods to ensure they are organic in their entire route.
Scania is currently the only manufacturer that supplies vehicles with Euro 6 gas engine in France. Despite this initial introduction, natural gas is already a proven technology in trucks, buses and vans that the company has demonstrated abroad, particularly in Sweden, Spain, UK, Netherlands and Italy.
The Euro 6 gas engine has the ability to deliver almost no particulate matter and provide up to 50% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions compared to its Euro 6 diesel equivalent. Moreover, the use of renewable biomethane allows virtually zero carbon footprints. This engine also offers a smooth ride and lower noise which is suitable for city distribution.
Source: Scania France