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120 Scania gas buses for Brisbane, Australia

In a major effort to improve air quality in the city, Brisbane City Council has decided to order up to 120 gas-powered Scania city buses over a 3-year period. The switch from older diesel buses to new low-floor gas buses will reduce harmful exhaust emissions by more than 90 percent, while enhancing passenger access and comfort.

The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Jim Soorley, says in a public statement:

"The key aims in our 5-year integrated transport strategy are to reduce congestion, improve public transport and protect the environment.

"Following an exhaustive 18-month evaluation process, the Brisbane City Council will contract Scania Australia to supply up to 120 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses over a three-year period.

"These new buses will make a significant contribution to improving Brisbane's air quality … Compared to Euro 2 emission standards, the exhaust from the new natural gas buses will have 99 percent less carbon monoxide emissions and 93 percent less particulate emissions."

Harry Postema, MD of Scania Australia:

"We are delighted to get this prestigious contract. Scania's efforts to stay at the forefront in terms of safety, comfort and environmental performance will pay dividends for all inhabitants in the city of Brisbane."

The buses feature new-style air-conditioned bodywork with a low floor all the way to the rear axle. Full air suspension with a kneeling facility is fitted for comfort and ease of access. Disc brakes all-round provide maximum safety and easy servicing.

The longitudinally-mounted 260-hp gas engine is a brand new Scania unit based on the 9-litre bus engine, which is also available in Euro 2 or Euro 3 diesel form. A gas engine operates according to the Otto principle and is therefore very quie. Internal and external noise levels are exceptionally low.

The chassis components will be supplied by Scania in Sweden. The bodies will be built at the Brisbane City Council's bus workshops in co-operation with Australian coachbuilder Volgren, an agreement that will generate 40 jobs.

More than 100 gas-powered Scania buses are operating in Sydney, Australia since several years.

Photo of Scania bus with Volgren body: see www.scania.com under Media services.

For further information, please contact Gunnar Boman, Scania Buses & Coaches,

tel. +46 150 58599, e-mail gunnar.boman@scania.com