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Renewable fuels and electrification can act together or separately, and they both have crucial roles to play

To “optimise the energy”, Scania provides the largest portfolio of engines on the market that can run on alternatives to fossil fuels, ranging from ethanol trucks and buses to vehicles using liquefied or compressed biogas. All of our Euro 5 and 6 engines can run on hydrogenated vegetable oil, HVO, while nearly all our vehicles can run on fatty acid methyl ester, FAME. We have developed this portfolio for over 25 years, starting with ethanol-fuelled buses in the 1990s.

In the transport sector, biofuels can make an instant contribution to decarbonisation. Increasing the use of renewable fuels is the fastest route to achieving the highest carbon emissions reductions short term.

The limited supply of biogas globally remains a challenge for the transport
sector. Until this is resolved natural gas will continue to play an important role in the transport system. Although natural gas is not renewable, the usage of it enables growth of gas vehicles and encourages the adoption of gas solutions. In the meantime we are working with partners to improve the supply infrastructure for biogas, so it can be scaled up rapidly. Blending is also possible, enabling a gradual shift from natural gas to biogas.

Our electrification portfolio includes hybrid buses and trucks, as well as battery-powered electric buses. We are also exploring other solutions such as continuous charging along electric roads, fuel cell trucks and battery-powered electric trucks.

Renewable fuels and electrification can be applied separately or in combination – for example, in hybrid vehicles that can use renewable fuels for long-distance transport and then switch to electric mode in city centres.