IAA 2014, Hanover: At Scania’s stand at the IAA trade exhibition, interest is high in the new hybridised Citywide bus. The bus is designed for combined city and suburban operations, reaching speeds up to 100 km/h. It is often believed that electrification works best in dense inner-city traffic. That, however, is not the case as Scania proves with its bus.
In fact, the break-even point for this bus is nearly two years earlier than in hybridised city bus operations. That was also Scania’s target when developing the bus – that it was to stand on its own merits. “This is the right time for power electrification,” says Jonas Hofstedt, Head of Powertrain Development at Scania, and hints that there is more to come.
Power electrification not only saves fuel for customers but also offers advantages in other vehicle-related functions. The hybridised Scania Citywide has been developed through what Jonas Hofstedt describes as a “rather simple integration of an electrical machine into the powertrain and batteries on the roof.”