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At the frontier of sustainable transport

Urbanisation brings environmental, social and economic challenges that demand urgent solutions. In cities worldwide, Scania is addressing the challenge with cleaner, safer and more efficient urban transport solutions.

The world’s cities are growing faster than ever before. According to UN projections, urbanisation combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to cities by 2050. This shift puts a huge strain on urban transport infrastructure, leading to issues such as poor air quality, noise pollution, traffic congestion, unequal access to transport and increased road safety risks. These problems have a direct impact on the environment and human health, as well as hindering economic and social development.


Increasingly, cities are turning to legislation to address these issues, including introducing emissions-free zones in city centres. This puts our urban areas at the frontier of sustainable transport, driving the adoption of cleaner, smarter urban transport solutions that help make cities better places to live.

Solutions for sustainable urban transport

Scania is a partner to cities worldwide, developing sustainable solutions for public transport and other urban applications. Thanks to many years of investment, we provide the market’s widest range of city and suburban vehicles designed to run on fuels other than diesel, including biodiesel-HVO, biodiesel-FAME, natural gas, biogas, ethanol and hybrid drivetrains. Biofuels can reduce carbon emissions by over 90 percent, while our latest Euro 6 gas-powered engines are our cleanest and quietest yet, with health hazardous NOx emissions up to five times lower than the previous generation. These cleaner vehicles are supporting public transport systems in cities around the world, including the bus rapid transit systems of Bogotá and Mexico City.

Scania’s city solutions extend to the private goods transport business. Our hybrid distribution trucks, such as the ones being trialled by our logistics partner HAVI in Stockholm, automatically switch to silent electrical mode in city centres, making them ideal for night-time deliveries when there is less traffic on the roads. We also offer services that help maximise efficiency and uptime for urban vehicles. Our Scania Flexible Maintenance service for buses, for example, helps customers avoid unplanned downtime by enabling us to analyse operational data from the buses in real time.


As our urban spaces become more cramped and crowded, its also vital to ensure that the flow of people and goods around cities is optimised. Scania is developing a number of smart, flexible solutions to achieve this, including our NXT urban concept vehicle.


Scania's modern buses reduce soot emissions by 99%, compared with older diesel technology. As part of the initiative Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleet, we are committed to providing these buses to 20 major cities in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Australia. Th initiative is led by C40 Cities and International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).