Q-Park places first factory order Scania Fencer f1 buses
11 November 2021
Q-Park Limited, one of Europe's leading parking services providers, has signed a deal with Scania (Great Britain) Limited for the first four factory-ordered Scania Fencer f1 buses. Scheduled for delivery in May 2022, the vehicles will feature the livery of Q-Park in partnership with Purple Parking and will provide a premium car park to airport terminal shuttle service for up to 3,000 passengers a day passing through London's Heathrow Airport.
Based on Scania's low entry 4x2 K BL chassis, the 10.9-metre overall length buses will be equipped with Scania's 7-litre DC07 113 280 horsepower engines which meet the Euro 6 Step E criteria using SCR (selective catalytic reduction) technology only. The engines will drive through ZF Eco-Life 2 6AP1220B fully automatic, six-speed gearboxes.
The fully air-conditioned interiors will feature 27 fixed seats and four tip-up seats, a wheelchair area with floor fasteners, and a large stainless steel luggage racking saloon. Entry will be by way of a double-leaf inward-swinging front door, with a manual ramp for wheelchair users. In addition, there will be an emergency door fitted at the rear offside of each vehicle. Hanover destination signs will be installed and the drivers' areas will include a microphone and CCTV.
"As a growing operation we need to replace our existing 8.9-metre buses with longer and larger vehicles," comments Steve Rowlerson, Operations Manager for Q-Park Heathrow. "The Scania Fencer f1 not only represents a significant step up in size, but also offers an extremely large amount of luggage space, which is especially important to us as Heathrow caters for many passengers with large amounts of luggage making long haul international journeys.
"While these will be the first Scania buses to enter service with us, the brand is well known for its proven reliability and the quality of its back up and support services, so we had no hesitation opting for Scania. We also feel that Scania's build quality and the modern look and appeal of the Fencer f1 fits perfectly with the upmarket, high-end standards that Q-Park looks to project as a premium service provider."
Martin West, Sales Director – Bus and Coach for Scania (Great Britain) Limited, adds: "We are delighted that Q-Park has become the first operator to place a factory order for the new Scania Fencer f1 and I would like to publicly thank its team for their confidence in Scania and the exciting new Fencer product. Since its launch earlier this year, the Fencer has attracted unprecedented interest from the industry. We now look forward to fulfilling this important order and working with Q-Park to ensure travellers passing through Heathrow enjoy the very best possible transfer experience aboard these new generation, state-of-the-art vehicles."
Q-Park is one of the three leading providers of parking facilities in West Europe, whether wholly-owned, leased, managed or in a hybrid business model. Q-Park is notable for its quality approach and has a portfolio comprising over 570,000 parking spaces in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Ireland and Denmark.
Scania, a part of TRATON SE, is a world-leading provider of transport solutions. Operating in more than 100 countries worldwide, Scania delivered 66,900 trucks, 5,200 buses and coaches, and 11,000 industrial and marine engines in 2020. Net sales totalled more than SEK 125 billion, of which over 20 percent were services-related.
In the UK, Scania is a major supplier of trucks, buses, coaches and engines for industrial and marine applications. Additionally, the company provides a wide range of complementary and ancillary services in support of its products and customers through its 86-strong network of service centres. In 2020, Scania's share of the UK heavy truck market was 18.2% and its combined bus and coach market share amounted to 10.1%
Sustainability is central to Scania's operations, and driving the shift to more sustainable transport solutions is a key element of the organisation's global strategy and philosophy today. Scania adheres to Science Based Targets set by sustainability partnership, SBTi, and became the first manufacturer in its sector have its Science Based Targets approved.
In the UK, Scania has embarked upon a major community engagement programme, entitled Scania Community, as part of its sustainability activities. Scania Community involves interacting with a number of national societal and environmental charities. In addition to financial support, Scania Community allows Scania employees to dedicate up to 7.5 hours a year to charitable work, such as volunteering and fundraising activities.