The Italian waste management company Contarina is taking Scania’s hybrid trucks into operation to reduce carbon emissions, fuel consumption and noise.
With nearly 700 trucks, Contarina services 50 municipalities in the Province of Treviso with a total population of more than 550,000 people. “We continuously renew our fleet with the aim of seeking innovative and sustainable solutions,” says Franco Zanata, the President of Contarina. “We wish to limit our impact on the environment and at the same time ensure efficient and safe driving conditions for our drivers.”
The company has previously invested in smaller less polluting vehicles and now, says Zanata, “enters into a partnership with Scania to enhance sustainability also for heavier trucks. This is a major investment in our fleet to become more and more environmentally friendly.”
The hybrid solution allows a truck to operate solely on electric power for up to two kilometres. Electric operations are primarily intended for situations such as urban operations at night in noise sensitive areas. In the electric mode, the sound level is below 72 dB(A). The electric motor is combined with Scania’s 9-litre Euro 6 engine, which can be operated on 100 percent biodiesel. With this latter fuel, CO2 can be reduced by as much as 92 percent.