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The three pillars for Sustainable transport

We work in partnerships with our customers and the customer’s customer to transform the transport system in a way that contributes to customer profitability while creating a low-carbon transport system. Our approach rests on the three pillars of Energy efficiency, Alternative fuels and electrification and Smart and safe transport.

Energy efficiency

Offering the most efficient technology for our products and services is a core principle for Scania. Scania focuses on three aspects to provide customers with energy-efficient products and solutions:

  • Powertrain performance. The aim is to maximise driveability, reliability and quality, while minimising the environmental impact.
  • Vehicle optimisation. The whole vehicle needs to be built to reduce air resistance and rolling resistance. Furthermore, the vehicle specification has to be appropriate to the transport task. It’s the job of Scania’s sales persons to work with the customer to achieve the vehicle solution that best meets the customer’s needs.
  • Fuel consumption. Scania combines its work on achieving low fuel consumption with driver coaching and driver support products that allow operators to realise the vehicle’s fuel consumption potential, backed up by service and maintenance that helps extend this efficiency even further. This is the offering we call Ecolution by Scania. Reduced CO2 emission levels and lower costs are also products of this process.

Alternative fuels and electrification

Alternative fuels and electrification can act together or separately, and they both have crucial roles to play.

Scania vehicles already operate on the alternative fuels of a fossil-free future. The company has pioneered the use of alternative fuels over the last 30 years, with a product program ranging from bioethanol trucks and buses to vehicles using liquefied biogas. The ordinary diesel vehicles may run on biodiesel and up to 100 percent HVO. Today, Scania has the broadest range of alternative fuel-enabled vehicles on the market. Our global engine platform allows customers with access to high quality fuels to choose engines with the best environmental performance and fuel efficiency, no matter where in the world they operate. The rise of emerging markets brings a growing demand for alternative fuel solutions, particularly for cities with pressing public transport issues.

Electrification is a fast-emerging technology that is already present in hybrid buses and recently in hybrid trucks as well, while electric highways and wirelessly-charged buses are on the verge of becoming reality. Powertrain electrification technologies promise to significantly improve functionality and cost efficiency and in addition improve air quality.

Smart and safe transport

Scania is well-known globally for the way we work with flows to maximise the performance of our production system.

For us, smart transport means that we apply the same philosophy to the logistics chain to help our customers, and our customers’ customers. The potential is enormous. Long-haulage operations in Europe have an average filling rate of 60 percent. 40 percent waste is a great opportunity and we are convinced that efficiency could increase a lot through better planning and smarter systems. We believe smart and safe transport can be a ‘game changer’ for sustainability in the transport sector.

Smart and safe transport uses digitalisation technologies to achieve the most efficient transport solutions for cities, industries or logistics. The most obvious application of digitalisation is connectivity. Starting already in 2011 to standard equip Scania vehicles with the on-board Communicator computer, has resulted in a vast number of connected trucks and buses on the road. Vehicle data that is collected and used in the right way can create huge opportunities to reduce waste and optimise transport flows, while also allowing us to provide our customers, and in turn their customers, with the ideas and solutions for improving efficiency in the transport value chain.

In the past year, Scania has publicly showcased its tests of autonomous transport solutions, a glimpse of the near future that has been enabled by digitalisation. Autonomous transport not only has the potential to be smart and safe transport, but to be clean and energy-efficient, too.