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Biogas bus in Ipswich

6-week trial on route 5


Biogas-powered double decker comes to Ipswich

Ipswich Buses has joined forces with Scania, the Sweden-based commercial vehicle manufacturer, to bring a biogas-powered double decker to the streets of Ipswich. 

The state-of-the-art gas bus will be trialled from 3rd June for six weeks and will operate on Route 5. The route runs from Ipswich Town centre (Tower Ramparts) to the Ipswich Hospital and operates approximately every 12 minutes. The bus will also be available to promote the 2018 UK Clean Air Day (21 June) and Catch the Bus week (2-7 July 2018). 

The double decker gas bus has been developed by Scania in partnership with UK bodybuilder Alexander Dennis, and with emissions of carbon dioxide reduced by up to 84 percent , the vehicle can operate on biogas created from waste products such as household food waste or waste water .

Danielle Devonish, Marketing Manager at Ipswich Buses, said: "We are delighted to be given the chance to trial the biogas-powered bus.  We believe biogas is a strong contender on how buses will be powered in the future. There has been a big interest with our passengers and members of the general public on how the bus is powered and what impact it will have on the environment.” 

Tanya Neech, Sustainable Solutions Manager for Scania (Great Britain) Limited comments, "Our biogas double deck bus has been independently tested and is accredited under the Low Emission Bus Scheme. The latest round of funding is open for bids until the 30th June and we are excited to see what biogas projects will be put forward.”  

James Thorley, Fleet Sales Manager for Scania (Great Britain) limited , said, “We are delighted Ipswich Buses have elected to trial the vehicle and we look forward to working in partnership with the Ipswich team to ensure the maximum environmental benefits is derived from this exciting and ground-breaking project."

During the trial, temporary gas-refuelling infrastructure will be provided to Ipswich Buses by Roadgas , a key UK supplier of CNG infrastructure. 

Scania ADL E400 gas-powered double deck bus

Based on a Scania N 280 UD4x2EB, the gas-powered Scania/ADL Enviro 400 double deck bus features Scania's OC09 101 nine-litre, five-cylinder, Euro 6 dedicated gas engine driving through a ZF EcoLife six-speed fully automatic gearbox incorporating ZF's Topodyn automated gear selection program, which is fitted as standard.

The OC09 101 develops 280 horsepower (206kW) at 1,900rpm and 1,350Nm torque at 1,000-1,400 rpm and is capable of operating on compressed natural gas (CNG) or biogas. When operated on biogas, carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by up to 90 percent . To meet Euro 6 emission levels, the engine employs a three-way catalyst, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and does not require selective catalytic reduction (SCR).

The vehicle brings the benefits of dedicated gas-powered operation to the UK PCV market at a time when gas can be purchased at advantage prices due to the eight years duty differential remaining of a ten year initiative instituted by government in 2014. Furthermore, the advantages of gas-powered operation are now becoming more apparent as the UK infrastructure of refuelling stations continues to grow.

The Scania E400 biogas powered bus has been independently certified and tested under the UK’s Low Emission Bus Scheme (LEB). The certification process delivered Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Well to Wheel (WTW) savings of up to 84 per cent delivering the greatest savings achievable through the scheme even in comparison to an electric equivalent.