Prior to the inauguration of Scania’s first bus production facility in India tomorrow, 31 March 2015, Scania’s President and CEO today met with some of India’s most important bus customers.
Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO Scania, was joined by Anders Grundströmer, Managing Director Scania Commercial Vehicles India, and Klas Dahlberg, Senior Vice President Buses & Coaches, in two meetings today with some of India’s most important and prominent bus customers.
Focus on sustainable city transport
The main topics of the meetings were sustainable city transport and intercity bus traffic. Road safety issues were also discussed as well as how to reduce pollution through changes in people’s travel habits and the use of cleaner and more environmentally sustainable vehicles.
More than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in big cities and this trend is increasing. Health problems caused by increasing emissions from traffic are hard to ignore. It’s estimated that globally some two million people die from air pollution annually and more deaths are linked to air pollution than to automobile accidents.
“India is in the throes of rapid urbanisation and the related fiscal, human and environmental challenges are significant,” says Klas Dahlberg. “Scania’s view point is that in the long term, public transport systems, such as Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), will have to play a larger role.”
Rapid transition to cleaner vehicles
The problems facing India call for a rapid transition to cleaner vehicles and more sustainable fuels. Today there are only three biofuels commercially available – bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas. Bioethanol is typically the most cost efficient and sustainable on a global level. Local biofuel is a welcome remedy for the increasingly expensive oil and diesel imports that many countries, like India, face.
“To move ahead with reducing emissions from the transport sector, it is evident that much needs to be done,” adds Dahlberg. “And the outcome of it will ultimately depend on a collaborative approach by all stakeholders – governments, planners, customers and the private sector, which will have to take commercial gambles on providing viable green solutions.”