Scania Drives The Shift Towards The Future Of Transportation
Scania is already gearing up for a future in Malaysia that is smart, safe, fuel efficient, digitally connected and unmanned
In line with global and regional trends toward a sustainable and digital future the future of Malaysia’s transport industry must be one that is smart, safe, fuel efficient and digitally connected if it is to remain sustainable and profitable.
Scania’s goal is to play a leading role in providing sustainable transport solutions by improving energy efficiency, applying alternative fuels/electrification technology and creating smarter and safer transport for Malaysians and everyone around the world.
“Scania’s sustainability efforts aim to enhance the lives of society while helping transport operators achieve the best profitability,” said Managing Director for Scania Southeast Asia, Marie Sjödin Enström, who was speaking at the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE).
“With congestion, pollution, energy security and climate change continuing to affect our way of life, the future of transportation is already here as Scania has the technology of tomorrow, here today, especially in Malaysia,” said Marie.
Malaysia has a commitment to meet the greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 45% by 2030. As of 2013, Malaysia was already at 43% - from 0.53 unit per GDP to 0.3 unit per GDP – and continues to improve.
As there is no one silver bullet, there is a need for a wider range of solutions to meet a wider range of needs that has to at least be profitable. Scania continues to provide sustainable transport solutions to customers today and field-tests newer technologies with customers; as showcased here at the MCVE.
Fuel efficiency solutions are already available in all Scania products and services today and an example is the Scania Vehicle Optimiser (SVO) software – on display at the MCVE – that optimises the vehicle specifications of customers for the best fuel economy.
Also on display is the Scania G-Series, embodying a well-specified vehicle that continues to be popular with long haulage customers for its comfort, storage and fuel efficiency benefits that are achieved with a bigger cab size and optimised aerodynamism.
Customer’s business needs are also analysed through the Scania Total Operating Economy (TOE) calculator to help operators appreciate the difference between purchase cost and operating costs.
The best profitability is even more achievable when coupled with Scania Maintenance and Scania Repair & Maintenance (as part of Scania Contracted Services), Scania Maintenance with Flexible Plans (which will come soon), Scania Assistance, Scania Fleet Management System, Scania Training & Coaching (part of Scania Driver Services), Scania Genuine Parts and Scania Financial Services.
Alternative Fuels and Electrification
Alternative fuels and electrification solutions are already operational and some are being field tested as Scania vehicles can already run on all alternative fuel from natural gas, bioethanol, biogas and biodiesel which has a proven track records of lowering CO2 emissions up to 90% while being as reliable as fossil fuels.
Biodiesel and biogas is available in Malaysia now and as Malaysia is a resource-rich country, there is opportunity for creating more jobs by developing the use of biofuels.
Electric vehicles are the future as they can lower emissions by up to 100% if running on renewable energy sources and in Sweden, Scania is already testing electric trucks on the world’s first electric road in Gavle and wireless charge buses in real life operations now in Stockholm, both for heavy applications.
Efficient, Smarter and Safer Transport with Digitalisation
Digitalisation will accelerate the potential of existing solutions, as completely new avenues emerge such as the coordination and control of transport movements. Scania is applying digitalisation to accelerate progress towards sustainable transport movements featuring safe and efficient flows of goods and people.
For example, Scania One is a new digital platform for all connected services from Scania that will come to Malaysia soon. This enables the already connected 250,000 vehicles around the world including nearly 1,000 in Malaysia to be operated in a smarter way and with higher safety standards.
Scania customers in Malaysia are already using Scania Fleet Management System where a set of services connects the vehicles with customers’ office through a communicator device to provide vehicle data, fleet position and reviews of driving performance.
With such powerful information, it helps save money for customers as they can make decisions that cut fuel consumption, identify vehicles that are being driven in a suboptimal way and plan service schedules to reduce unplanned downtime.
Vehicle and driver performance can save up to 10% (or even more) in fuel consumption if Scania Fleet Management is used together with Scania Driver Training and Coaching services.
With drivers being one of the most important assets of a company, Scania driver training teaches them techniques that are aimed at immediately increasing fuel efficiency, road safety and sustainability, while significantly reducing downtime and operating costs.
Scania’s driver coaching programme meanwhile provides one-to-one driver coaching that paves the way to excellent driving habits and techniques help that reduce wear and tear, stress, fuel consumption while increasing comfort and road safety.
The Scania expert coaches use a driver’s data on coasting, idling and acceleration to provide smart analysis to increase safety and comfort and reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
The confidence in the services was demonstrated by the signing between Scania and Konsortium E-Mutiara Bhd for Scania Driver Training and Coaching services for 175 drivers of the express bus service, which was represented by its Managing Director Haji Che Ibrahim Che Ismail.
15-metre bus & coach chassis
Also on display at MCVE is a 15-metre bus and coach chassis from Scania that was shown to the Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.
The first of its kind in Malaysia, it is part of a long bus field test to introduce buses that are longer than the current 12-metre buses in the country that Scania is working on together with the Ministry of Transport, Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalanraya, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research and Universiti Teknologi MARA to field-test the feasibility of a more-than-12-metre higher capacity bus or coach chassis on Malaysian roads.
Higher revenue for operators from increased passenger and luggage capacity and lower fuel consumption are the benefits that Malaysian operators can benefit from in order to increase productivity and profitability.
Scania Driver Competition – Truck Simulator and MCVE Edition
Scania also gave visitors a taste of what it feels like to be a trucker at MCVE with the Scania Truck Simulator video game but most visitors also had the chance to try driving a real truck by registering to take part in the Scania Driver Competition – MCVE Edition and win prizes every two hours for being the best driver.
Alternative fuels and energy security
Scania also has a leading position when it comes to developing more efficient transport solutions that allow for the switch away from fossil-fuel transport.
Making more efficient use of energy involves improving vehicles and adding features that reduce fuel consumption as well as driver support through driver training and regular follow-up.
“The entire value chain needs to be made more efficient and measures need to be taken in all areas, including renewable energy, making vehicles more efficient and making transport movements more efficient,” added Marie.
“Regardless of which type of driving is involved or what conditions are like, there’s almost always an alternative solution from Scania. At the same time, we are conducting leading research that optimises digitalisation, connectivity, electrification and autonomy.”
Scania has autonomous trucks running in mines and is planning similar trials with other applications such as platooning (convoy) autonomous trucks between ports. Driverless, automated and digitally connected, these smart unmanned vehicles are under supervision from a control tower to ensure the best efficiency and productivity.
“At Scania, we believe the eco-system of the transportation industry is already changing and will continue to change rapidly by 2023. Manufacturers, customers or operators, consumers of transportation and commercial vehicle drivers will shift their business model and lives tomorrow. Scania is already poised to meet this new and exciting shift in demands from the industry through sustainable transport solutions,” concluded Marie.
The Shift Table
On display at MCVE is the Shift Table, which demonstrates how Scania is shifting together with global trends towards higher demand for sustainable transport solutions in order to enhance lives of people and offer the best profitability for our customers.
Congestion, pollution, energy security and climate change affects not just the world but also here in Southeast Asia and especially in Malaysia. Scania has the technology of tomorrow, today to meet this demand.
The Shift Table visualises the future of transportation by 2023 but the eco-system of transportation is already changing and will continue to change. They ride on major global trends like Urbanisation, Sustainability and Digitalisation.