BACKGROUND AND AIMS. As Scania has been developing its Sustainable Solutions portfolio, a potential solution for customers who operate long haul/intercity/scheduled coach services and require a low carbon solution was identified.
HVO - A SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE.. Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) is widely available today throughout Europe, but has not so far been adopted to the same degree within the UK.
CUSTOMER PERSPECTIVE. When I found out that we wouldn’t have to change anything on the vehicles, there could potentially be savings on the maintenance of the vehicles running on HVO and the fuel efficiency would at least be on parity with regular diesel, what’s not to like?
VEHICLE MANUFACTURER PERSPECTIVE. All our Scania engines from Euro IV onwards can run on HVO straight away with no modifications or maintenance changes. It’s fully mixable too so can be used in conjunction with regular diesel, from a ‘splash and go’ perspective, it is ideal.
FUEL SUPPLIER PERSPECTIVE. Direct cost is approximately 5-10% more expensive; but other savings such as CO2, Greenhouse gases and reduced maintenance and operational costs have very significant benefits.
"We sincerely hope that the trial will see government and policy support to encourage HVO use within the coach sector.”