Key to building sustainable cities, urban planners from Amsterdam to Shanghai seek silent, emissions-free buses, equipped to operate 24/7 without disturbing local residents.
Scania aims to meet that demand. The first series of vehicles featuring power electrification technologies with the Scania Citywide LE Hybrid bus are on the road in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Power electrification technologies promise to significantly improve functionality and cost efficiency with the right energy mix. With a fleet of 2,000 buses, a city can save up to 50 million litres of fuel per year. This can decrease fuel costs by up to 90 percent.
Scania’s hybrid powertrain includes the Scania 9.3-litre engine, fuelled by up to 100 percent with biodiesel. Combined with biofuel driven engines, the Scania Citywide LE Hybrid promises 60-65 percent savings in carbon dioxide.
Hybrid technologies will be applied to a range of urban solutions such as city distribution and waste handling, but buses will remain the most common application in the short term. Together with the Royal Swedish Institute of Technology, Scania will be field testing buses in 2016 that wirelessly recharge their batteries through static charging via electrified roads.
By leveraging the modular system to either replace or complement combustion engines, Scania expects that even long-distance transportation will soon benefit from the technology. In partnership with Siemens, Scania is testing electrification of powertrains in trucks running on an electric highway in Germany.