Transport operator TNT Australia has taken delivery of Australia’s first fleet of Euro 6 emission-compliant trucks, supplied by Scania.
The company will operate its five newly delivered Scania P 450 prime movers in and around the city of Melbourne, where they will pull single and B-double trailers with a Gross Combination Mass of up to 60-tonnes.
Investment in sustainability
Rod Barnes, TNT Director Southern Region, says TNT’s investment in the Scania vehicles is an illustration of how the company is working towards long-term environmental sustainability.
“The aim of this initiative is to continue our work towards integrating more environmentally friendly vehicles onto our roads to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help revolutionise the way vehicles function,” he says.
TNT National Fleet and Equipment Manager Kurt Grossrieder says the new Scanias will be used to pick up and deliver trailers.
“Typically we will deliver empty trailers to the customers’ premises in the morning and collect loaded trailers in the afternoon,” he says. “We then return the trailer to our distribution centres and then put the contents into our national distribution system.”
Designed for safety
Grossrieder says Scania’s low cab design and two-step entry really appealed to the company from a safety point of view. “The Scania support network in Melbourne works really well for us, as we are very well located next to a Scania branch in Laverton,” Mr Grossrieder said.
TNT Australia’s B-double combinations will be pulling around 45-tonnes. “There will be variation from load to load, or time of day, as the trucks will be doing different things throughout so fuel performance will be benchmarked against existing units,” Grossrieder says. “The emissions reduction and resulting environmental benefit was key in the decision-making process for us.”
Strong track record
Steven Alberse, Scania Australia Fleet Sales Manager says he is delighted that TNT chose the Scania Euro 6.
“TNT has a strong history of selecting low emission vehicles, and the Scania Euro 6 order now extends this philosophy further into the heavy duty class above 16-tonnes,” he says. “In Europe, Scania continues to be a leader in the supply of Euro 6 compliant solutions. We have been supplying Euro 6 solutions since 2012, and we have continually expanded the range of engines available to customers there. Scania’s European Euro 6 portfolio now amounts to 18 engine options.”
The P-series prime movers are powered by Scania’s 450 hp 13-litre six-cylinder in-line engine that uses a combined Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology solution to achieve compliance with the most stringent emission controls yet legislated in Europe.