Scania to showcase Euro 6

Scania has announced it will only display Euro 6 compliant vehicles at the upcoming Brisbane Truck Show.

Sales Director Dean Dal Santo said the decision illustrates the company’s commitment to reduced carbon emissions and its desire to lead the shift towards sustainable transport systems in Australia.

“Our customers, and our customers’ customers are now demanding a smaller carbon footprint from transport logistics in order to meet their own environmental targets, and Scania is fully equipped to deliver on this need.

“We look forward to discussing our pathways towards Total Operating Economy and a smaller carbon footprint with all businesses interested in reducing their operating costs and boosting their profitability,” Mr Dal Santo said.

Despite the Federal Government not adopting Euro 6 emissions regulations for commercial vehicles, 90 per cent of Scania vehicles sold in the country were equipped with Euro 6 technology.

The first vehicle on display will be the new 650 horsepower V8 Euro 6 engine fitted in an R-series prime mover, complete with 3300 nanometres of torque, and ideally suited to long haulage work.

There will also be two G 500 6-cylinder Euro 6 prime movers on the stand: one in G 500 road freight guise and the second in G 500 XT specified for construction duties, complete with steel tipper body.

The final vehicle will be a P 340 Euro 6, 6×2 gas-fuelled rigid truck, a specification seen for the first time in Australia. This green, clean and efficient vehicle carries twin large-capacity compressed natural gas tanks, and can offer vastly reduced CO2 emissions.

At an event in Melbourne earlier this month, Scania President and CEO Henrick Henriksson said companies unwilling to move with current trends towards carbon reduction would face consumer backlash. He added that change would not be possible unless driven by commercial vehicle manufacturers like Scania.

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Fuel cell powered waste collection vehicle in development

Commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania has teamed up with Swedish waste company Renova to develop a fuel cell powered refuse truck with a fully electrified power train and compactor.

The two companies aim to reduce emissions and noise to make the electrified vehicles an attractive alternative when working in residential areas at early hours of the morning.

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Renova and other waste handling companies have previously carried out trials with electric refuse trucks, however this will be the first with fuel cells.

Scania Electric Powertrain Technology Project Manager Marita Nilsson said the company is highly interested in gaining more experience of fuel cells in actual customer operations.

“Fuel cells constitute a promising technology in the needed decarbonisation of transports,” Ms Nilsson said.

Renova Head of Development Hans Zackrisson said electrification using fuel cells fuelled by hydrogen is a highly appealing alternative for heavy commercial vehicles such as refuse trucks.

“The trucks benefit from all the advantages of electrification while maintaining some of the best aspects of fossil-fuel operations, namely range, hours in service and payload,” Mr Zackrisson said.

Scania has also previously partnered with Norwegian food wholesaler Asko to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology for its production plant.

The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Swedish Energy Agency and Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology. The fuel cell refuse truck is expected to be delivered in the end of 2019 or by the beginning of 2020.