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Scania delivers Australia’s first fleet of Euro 6 trucks to TNT Australia

Scania has delivered the first fleet of Euro 6 emission-compliant trucks in Australia. TNT will run the five Scania P 450 prime movers in and around Melbourne, pulling single and B-double trailers with a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of up to 60-tonnes.

The P-series prime movers are powered by Scania’s 450 hp 13-litre six-cylinder in-line engine that uses a combined Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology solution to achieve compliance with the most stringent emission controls yet legislated in Europe.

Torque peaks at 2,350 Nm from as little as 1,000 rpm, providing exceptional driveability especially when under load as well as impressive fuel economy and extremely low emissions.

In addition to the five Euro 6 prime movers, TNT is also adding a further four P 440 Euro 5 prime movers to its fleet for use in Adelaide and Perth.

“We are delighted that TNT has chosen the Scania Euro 6 offer with which to accentuate its commitment to cleaning its vehicles’ emissions profile,” said Steven Alberse, Scania Australia Fleet Sales Manager.

“TNT has a strong history of selecting low emission vehicles, and the Scania Euro 6 order now extends this philosophy further into the heavy duty class above 16-tonnes.

“In Europe, Scania continues to be a leader in the supply of Euro 6 compliant solutions. We have been supplying Euro 6 solutions since 2012, and we have continually expanded the range of engines available to customers there. Scania’s European Euro 6 portfolio now amounts to 18 engine options,” he said.

Rod Barnes, TNT Director Southern Region, said investing in Euro 6 vehicles is another illustration of how TNT is working towards long-term environmental sustainability.

“The aim of this initiative is to continue our work towards integrating more environmentally friendly vehicles onto our roads to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help revolutionise the way vehicles function,” he said.

“TNT has been at the forefront of using low emissions vehicles in the transport industry. In fact, we pioneered the introduction of low-emission hybrid vehicles for light-duty applications after commissioning our first hybrid truck in early 2008. This investment in Euro 6 technology for our heavy-duty fleet is a logical extension of that.

“Globally we’re very focused on meeting our CO2 efficiency objectives, and while the fuel-saving benefits make this a smart investment for us as a company, the broader environmental benefits for our customers are a very important consideration as well,” Mr Barnes said.

“We’re currently rolling out a significant infrastructure investment aimed at driving our future development and growth, and investing in these ultra low emissions vehicles will play a key role in continuing our journey as a sustainable and environmentally aware business.” 

TNT National Fleet and Equipment Manager Kurt Grossrieder said the introduction of Euro 6 emissions technology in its heavy duty fleet was a continuation of TNT’s environmental focus and capitalised on its pioneering of hybrid technology in its light duty fleet.

“We already run Australia’s largest hybrid truck fleet, and a recent four-year internal study found that our 30 hybrid trucks have emitted 112 fewer tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere than comparable diesel-powered trucks over that period,” Mr Grossrieder said.  

“Recently we commissioned another 24 hybrid trucks to further reduce our total output of greenhouse gases while using less fuel, which is a positive step for TNT and the environment.”

Scania’s low cab design and two-step entry really appealed to the company from a safety point of view.

“The Scania support network in Melbourne works really well for us, as we are very well located next to a Scania branch in Laverton,” Mr Grossrieder said.

“The new Scania P 450s will be delivering and collecting trailers. Typically we will deliver empty trailers to the customers’ premises in the morning and collect loaded trailers in the afternoon, return the trailer to our distribution centres and then put the contents into our national distribution system.

“The B-double combinations will be pulling around 45-tonnes. There will be variation from load to load, or time of day, as the trucks will be doing different things throughout so fuel performance will be benchmarked against existing units. The emissions reduction and resulting environmental benefit was key in the decision-making process for us,” he said.