Cities are the great innovators in sustainable transport – because they have to be. The relentless pace of urbanisation brings environmental, social and economic problems that need urgent solutions. Scania is a partner to many cities worldwide, developing cleaner, safer, more efficient public transport and other urban applications.
The urban population of the world has grown rapidly, jumping from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018 (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs). Cities and suburbs are suffering from the effects of badly-planned transportation systems: air and noise pollution, traffic congestion and road safety issues are affecting people’s health and hindering economic growth. But global environmental awareness is growing; more and more cities are introducing rules and regulations to address these issues. The municipal authorities of Madrid, London, Oslo, Rome, Copenhagen and Shanghai are among those planning restrictions or even outright bans on diesel. The stage is set for alternative transport solutions that are cleaner, smarter, safer and energy efficient, to help cities work better here and now.
Sustainable urban transport
Scania has a long history of manufacturing vehicles for public transport. When combined with our commitment to driving the shift towards sustainable transport and our experience of flow thinking, we are an ideal partner for city planners.
Years of investment have given Scania the market’s widest range of alternative-fuelled buses and coaches for city and suburban applications. They run on HVO, biodiesel- FAME, natural gas, biogas, ethanol, and hybrid drivetrains.
These cleaner vehicles are finding their way into public transport systems in cities such as Madrid, Bogota, Paris, Stockholm, Mexico City and Nottingham. Using our understanding of logistical flows, we are helping city transport planners in Accra and Jakarta and a number of other cities run their bus rapid transit systems (BRTs), transporting up to 50,000 passengers an hour. BRTs help to solve urban mobility challenges by making public transport more efficient, reduce traffic congestion and cut harmful emissions.
Scania’s city solutions extend to private transport business. The new truck generation’s urban range features hybrid electric distribution trucks that reduce carbon emissions, fuel consumption and noise. They are ideal for night-time and early morning deliveries, when there is less traffic and fewer people. Scania’s new gas engine is well suited for use in heavily populated areas that are sensitive to noise and emissions. The trucks powered by the new 7-litre engine provide urban transporters with fuel savings of up to 10 percent.
Engines are often overlooked when tackling city pollution. Replacing old non-road machinery and engines with cleaner, energy-efficient technology such as Scania’s Euro 6 range can cut emissions, improving air quality and public health.
Our solutions extend to services that enable smart and safe transport. Scania Zone is an optional extra feature in our Scania Fleet Management solution that allows a transport firm’s driver to program the truck to automatically adjust when entering areas with traffic restrictions such as speed limits and emissions regulations. City bus operators and retail distributors can choose Scania Fleet Care services, including Uptime Guarantee, to keep their vehicles running to meet the near 24/7 demands of city transports.
Scania is leading the way to cleaner, better cities by providing urban transport solutions that are accessible, efficient, attractive— and available now. But the only way to solve the challenges of urbanisation, is for politicians, city planners, operators and suppliers to work in partnerships. Scania stands ready to help with our knowledge and solutions.