Energy resources and energy policies vary from country to country, meaning that Scania needs to have a high degree of flexibility and to offer a wide range of solutions. This makes it even more important to continuously develop our modular system and to work with partners in exploring cutting-edge technology.
Through the use of a “Technology Road Map”, Scania has examined future scenarios and identified key focus areas for the years ahead. The company is investigating alternative powertrain concepts, such as hybrid and electrified trucks and buses. A feasibility study based on an electric road project shows that electrification of heavy road traffic in Sweden could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4.2 million tonnes annually. Equally important factors are optimisation of the engine and the complete powertrain, better fuel efficiency, increased use of alternative fuels, efficient fleet management, and driver coaching.
Urban planners from Amsterdam to Shanghai are currently seeking silent, emission-free buses, equipped to operate 24/7 without disturbing local residents, as part of their plans for building sustainable cities. Scania is aiming to meet this demand and has delivered its first series of vehicles featuring power electrification technologies in the form of the Scania Citywide LE Hybrid bus.
Our hybrid powertrain includes the Scania 9.3-litre engine, fuelled up to 100 percent by biodiesel. Combined with biofuel driven engines, the Scania Citywide LE Hybrid promises a 60 to 65 percent reduction in CO2 emissions.
Moving ahead, hybrid technologies will be applied to a range of urban solutions, including citywide distribution services and waste handling, but buses will remain the most common application in the short term.