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Metropolitan areas all over the world are affected by the rise in transport need that comes with urbanisation. This presents challenges in terms of congestion as well as emissions and pollution that affect both people and the environment.

Much can be gained by reducing the number of vehicles and instead commuting together, something that requires an attractive public transport system. To further reduce emissions, the system has to consist of energy-efficient vehicles running on electricity or renewable fuels, depending on the operation and local conditions. Scania´s buses and services allow for sustainability to go hand in hand with operating economy - a prerequisite for making sustainable transport happen on a wide scale.

Powertrains for different regional needs

Minimising emissions in a metropolitan area is largely about what technology is most suitable in different types of traffic. In some operations – most notably in inner city traffic – fully electric buses represent the best choice, assuming the electricity used is renewable. In other areas, such as suburban and regional traffic, which often accounts for a large part of fuel usage and emissions, the biggest reductions may instead be reached with conventional or hybrid electric buses running on renewable fuels.

Scania’s complete powertrain portfolio enables authorities and operators to utilise the technology most suitable for local conditions.


To achieve the most energy-efficient operations, it is necessary to consider the impact of both product tech­nology and in-use factors. For electric buses, a low energy consumption can have a significant impact on the operational range, while it for combustion driven buses results in lower fuel consump­tion and emissions.

Scania addresses the energy consumption issue from all angles. Through high-quality buses specified for the operation, we ensure low energy consumption without compromising on factors such as performance and passenger capacity. And with our driver support and high-quality mainte­nance services, the vehicles can also be used in an optimal way, further minimising energy consumption.

Safe and appealing buses

Safety is of utmost importance in urban environments, in which the conditions are often stressful for bus drivers. In order to both prevent accidents and minimise potential damage, Scania buses have built-in state-of-the-art safety systems and features such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that increase driver awareness or even help control the vehicle and reinforced body and chassis construction. These play a crucial role in limiting risks and protecting drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users.

By offering pleasant journeys with low noise levels and high passenger comfort as well as a contemporary design, the vehicle also plays an important role in attracting people to use the public transport system.


Operators in urban environments know the importance of keeping costs to a minimum. At Scania, customer profitability constitutes a foundation for the products and services we develop – always with the human perspective in mind.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY THAT LOWERS COST - A vehicle’s energy consumption depends on several factors. Powertrain performance is of course crucial, as is vehicle specification and product usage. Compared to its predecessor, the new generation Scania buses can reduce consumption and emissions up to 21% - without compromising on performance. Moreover, our driver support services typically contribute to savings of 10%, while our fleet management services enable analysis for further savings.

ENSURING AVAILABILITY - High vehicle utilisation is key to achieving cost-efficient operations. Our buses are built on proven technology and components, resulting in chassis and powertrains that are dependable, durable, and robust while still offering excellent drivability. They are designed to ensure protection of sensitive and expensive components, potentially minimising costly and time-consuming repairs. And our worldwide service network provides advanced repair and maintenance services, supported by outstanding spare parts availability.

EXCELLENT PASSENGER CAPACITY - In traffic planning, travel patterns and the number of passengers travelling in the system are two of many important factors. Reducing the fleet by even a single bus can have a big impact on operating cost, for example by lowering fuel and maintenance costs and the need for additional drivers. With one of the best passenger capacity figures available, Scania buses allow operators to keep these costs down for operators, while also improving passenger flow in the public transport system.

A FIRST-CLASS DRIVER AREA - Urban buses are constantly exposed to the risk of external damage and the work environment for drivers is very demanding. We have therefore developed a driver area that we believe is industry-leading. It offers exceptional drivability and driver assistance systems that enable outstanding vehicle control, thereby increasing safety and helping minimise accidents and avoid unnecessary costs. Also, safety features and excellent ergonomics benefit drivers and address the challenges operators face with sick leave and employee retention.

Product offering

Our portfolio consists of a wide range of products with multiple options, allowing for customised configurations, and our extensive service package can be of equal importance. This enables us to offer suitable solutions catered to each operator’s individual challenges and needs.

The Scania product portfolio also includes Coach chassis

Service offering

Repair and maintenance services

Tailored maintenance plans that ensure maximum uptime, increase productivity, and minimise operational disruptions.

Data driven services

Every Scania we make is full of smart technology, advanced sensors and wireless connectivity. This lets us create services that can provide direct business value.

Driver services

Enables drivers to drive safer and more efficient, and can reduce the need for maintenance.


Each city or route has unique conditions that need to be analysed in order to find the right products and charging solutions. Scania will advise and assist regarding charging infrastructure and with how to optimally specify the vehicles.

Bus systems

In urban areas around the world, unsatisfactory transport systems lead to economic, social and environmental problems. Bus systems offers a fast way to efficient public transport at a low investment cost, while at the same time being flexible and scalable in accordance to the changing needs of the city and its suburbs. Scania provides expertise in everything from planning to implementation.

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