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Biogas-fuelled Scania truck to Stockholm

At the turn of the year, Scania will deliver its first test truck operating on biogas. The buyer is the City of Stockholm. Scania is already a world leader in ethanol propulsion and this is yet another step to meet the increasing interest in alternative fuels.

The interest in gas propulsion in urban areas is increasing. So far the focus has been on natural gas. In the last few years several cities have started to produce biogas from their waste. Operating on biogas or natural gas has several environmental advantages. It has low emissions of particulates and and NOx. Another advantage is a reduction in engine noise.

The first Scania biogas truck to Stockholm will be tried out transporting biogas to the filling stations for the city's 160 biogas vehicles. Biogas (methane) is produced since one year at a municipal plant in the suburb of Bromma.

In a comment to the deal, Scania's Chief Technical Officer, Executive Vice President Håkan Samuelsson says:

"Around one-third of Scania's R&D engineers are continuously involved in long-term engine research, which includes finding attractive solutions to running on alternative fuels for urban applications. Scania's responsibility is not limited to modifying engines to run on alternative fuels according to customer demand. We have to ensure that the operational and environmental performance as well as durability meet Scania standards."

The overall demand for Scania vehicles running on alternative fuels is still at a low level, the reason being that the majority are used in long-haulage, where the availability of alternative fuels is strictly limited.

Around 8% of Scania's city buses are supplied with alternative fuel engines. Scania has supplied some 300 buses running on ethanol to the Swedish market, around 200 to the city of Stockholm as part of their environmental programme. This makes Scania a world leader in this technology. Around 100 Scania gas buses have so far been delivered to Sydney, Australia.

For further information, please contact Thomas Skoglund, Manager Communications and Public Affairs, tel. +46-70-5560797, or Per-Erik Nordström, Manager Product Affairs, tel. +46-70-5535577.

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.