Scania announced it has added the all-new 13-litre engine that can run on natural gas and on biomethane – regardless if the gas is in compressed or liquefied form – as well as new tank options. The new engine enables travel operators to take huge steps towards sustainability.
“Our 13-liter gas engine and new tank options facilitate travel operators to switch to biogas without issues with range and while still providing the power needed for any operation. Another upside is that it doesn’t take a huge investment,” said Jonas Strömberg, Sustainability Director, Scania Buses & Coaches. “Biogas will be one of the key tools for decarbonization of heavy duty transport – especially for intercity and long-distance operations. Half of Europe’s heavy duty gas fleet could be powered by biogas in 2025.”
Running on both LNG and CNG, the benefits with the new engine are many: it can use fossil-free fuel, renewable, locally produced that reduces emissions. “Biogas is not only one of the fuels with the lowest CO2 emissions – it also solves local waste problems, creates local jobs and brings carbon and nutrients back to the soil. It is circular economy in practice,” added Strömberg.
By switching to locally produced bio-LNG, operators can reduce both their own and their customers’ climate impact by up to 90%. Air quality in general is positively affected by reduced emissions, and the quieter vehicles benefit drivers, passengers and crew.
With the possibility to use LNG and with the new tank options, the range achieved will be enough for any travel operation. The powertrain combination also makes it possible to build coaches in the same way as has previously been done with diesel engines. Moreover, the 13-liter engine offers the power and torque of equivalent diesel engines, meaning it can handle even the toughest challenges. This makes it the most sustainable, yet viable powertrain option on the market for long-distance operators.
The 13-liter gas engine is available as an option on the recently introduced high-floor Scania K-chassis. The new chassis offer the great drivability and reliability associated with Scania, along with an increase in load capacity in the front axle by 500 kilos, which enables improved weight distribution and higher passenger and luggage capacity.