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Stockholm SL buys 35 environmental buses from Scania

Scania has received an order for 35 city buses from SL Buss AB in Stockholm. The order concerns environmentally adapted articulated buses that run on ethanol. These buses belong to Scania's new generation of city buses, the OmniCity.

For SL in Stockholm, this purchase represents a continued investment in environmentally adapted city buses. Stockholm already has the world's largest fleet of ethanol-powered buses. In 1998, counting the new buses, there will be more than 200 ethanol buses in operation. Practically all of them have been supplied by Scania, the biggest producer of ethanol-fuelled buses in Europe.

Using ethanol as fuel means reduced emissions of carbon dioxide as well as nitrogen oxides, and there are fewer particles in the exhaust than with diesel fuel. Emission figures are far below the limits set by Euro 2, which is the EU standard for emissions from trucks and buses. Furthermore, ethanol, which is produced from biological materials or wine, does not contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Scania's new generation of city buses feature aluminium chassis and a full low floor. The buses have been given rounded shapes to melt into city environments. In selecting the manufacturing materials, great attention has been paid to the environment in general, and approximately 90 per cent of the weight of the new city buses is made up of recoverable materials.

This order is an important success for Scania. “It confirms that our new concept for city buses with full low floors has won acceptance by our customers," says Leif Nyström, the manager of Bussmarknad Norden.

The articulated buses will be used in the new Stockholm commuter network, which will become operative during 1998. The new network is designed to offer more effective bus transport from one side of the city through the downtown area to the other side of the city without having to change buses en route.

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 22,200 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. In 1996, turnover totalled SEK 33,700 million and profits after depreciation SEK 2,700 million. Scania products are marketed in about 100 countries worldwide and approximately 95% of total production is sold outside Sweden.

Bus manufacture takes place in Sweden, Brazil, Denmark, France and Poland.