Scania R&D aims to meet customer demands for higher uptime and greater efficiency. Following the successful introduction of Euro 6 engines, innovations continue to focus on advancing low-carbon transport solutions.
Scania’s multi-year investment in rapidly introducing new generations of engines within the Euro 6 framework has borne the last years. It is also evidence for how Scania´s modular system benefits its customers. With the same and in some cases even better fuel efficiency compared to Euro 5, Scania increased its European market share both 2014 and 2015.
Well ahead of the new Euro 6 legislation and ahead of the competition, Scania could offer a complete range of Euro 6 engines, a decisive factor for the customers. In addition, Scania has one of the market’s broadest Euro 6 engine ranges for alternative fuels, such as biodiesel, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and biogas.
Emission standards vary between regions. Scania’s modular system allows it to offer an engine range spanning from Euro 3 to Euro 6 and yet maintain a relative low number of parts and components in the production system. In addition, Scania’s industrial and marine engines meet the strictest emission standards for off-road applications.
Continuous improvement drives fuel efficiency
Making the transition to Euro 6 with improved fuel efficiency represented a huge challenge for the industry. Scania has built up extensive knowledge on the two basic technologies used to meet the European emission standards; Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). The first generation of Euro 6 engines from Scania featured both EGR and SCR technology. Thanks to the launch of second-generation engines together with the Scania Streamline truck concept in 2013, Scania took a leading position, with potential fuel savings of 8 percent.
As one result, the respected German transport trade magazines VerkehrsRundschau and Trucker gave the Scania Streamline their Green Truck 2014 award in the heavy tractor class. Fuel consumption averaged a record-low 23.3 litres of diesel per 100 km.
Innovations during 2014 included an oil that reduces friction, a freewheeling retarder and a more intelligent Scania Eco-roll system. Together with the third generation Euro 6 engine, which only uses SCR technology, this can reduce fuel consumption for long haulage by 3 percent.
The transition to Euro 6 illustrates how Scania works with continuous product improvement to boost customer profitability. By investing significantly in world-leading research and development, Scania is committed to continue meeting customers’ demands for reliable, innovative solutions that boost vehicle uptime and support low-carbon transportation. In 2015, we will increase our focus on alternative fuels and hybridisation.
Scania´s innovative capacity will gain momentum through the cooperation with various, such as our extended collaboration with KTH (see ITRL).
Using the benefits of collaboration with Volkswagen and academic partners,Scania can respond faster to trends, new technological developments and find solutions. The technology leadership depends on collaboration with the right partners.
Connected vehicles are another area that can provide valuable input to our research and development. By collecting data, Scania can analyse vehicle performance in different operating conditions. Data can also be used to analyse driver behaviour to develop new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).