Scania to supply 340 cleaner new buses to DPTI in South Australia, improving air quality and creating jobs
Today Scania announces it has been selected as the successful tenderer for the contract to supply a minimum of 340 city buses to the South Australian Government’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
Starting from January 2020, the fuel-efficient and low emission Euro 6-compliant Scania-powered bus chassis will be fitted with locally made bus bodies. Deliveries will continue until 2030.
Scania will also supply a diesel-electric hybrid evaluation bus to DPTI late in 2020, which will reduce (carbon) exhaust emissions by between 19-24% with no loss of dynamic performance.
“Scania is very pleased to have been selected as the supplier of this new fleet of buses to the South Australian government,” said Mikael Jansson, Managing Director of Scania Australia. “The 340 new buses will join the more than 600 Scania buses currently in operation.
“Our company-owned branch in Wingfield will continue to add more job opportunities within the workshop and technical functions in order to service this contract over the next 10 years.
“Since the start of 2018, Scania Wingfield has increased staffing levels by 50%, with further new hires expected in 2020. This new DPTI contract will help to underpin this employment growth and enhance job stability for our technicians.
“The addition of 340 new, clean Euro 6 buses over the next 10 years will replace older, dirtier vehicles as well as increase the total number of buses and bus services. In turn this should encourage more customers to leave the car at home and take the bus, compounding the benefit of reduced exhaust emissions via the use of Euro 6-compliant buses,” Mr Jansson said.
“Our unique Scania Driver Training programme will also help to provide a smoother, safer ride for passengers, as well as helping to reduce fuel use and emissions at the same time.
“Globally, Scania is driving the shift towards a sustainable transport solution, and here in South Australia the government is onboard with us, by unilaterally specifying Euro 6 emission standards, the cleanest available.
“Scania has been delivering clean and fuel-efficient Euro 6 emission compliant city buses into Australia since 2014 in a bid to help improve urban air quality.
“Continuing this theme, we are very pleased to be able to supply a diesel-electric hybrid powered evaluation vehicle to DPTI next year, technology that has already been proven a success in Europe,” Mr Jansson said.
Scania Wingfield’s year-on-year growth
- In January 2018 staff numbers total 27 of which 14 are technicians.
- In September 2019 staff numbers total 40 of which 21 are technicians.
- By September 2020 staff numbers budgeted to total 47 of which 23 are technicians.
- Workshop hours sold increased by 18% since January 2018, with further increases budgeted for 2020 and beyond.
- Currently employing six apprentices, with three more to start in January 2020 as part of an annual apprentice intake.
- Adding a second shift will allow the workshop to operate from 0700 to 2300 weekdays, and until mid-day on Saturday.
- Scania training programs are being introduced for all staff from apprentices through to management including sales staff, front counter staff and technicians. This incorporates a Scania Future Leaders recognition programme.