The Spanish supermarket chain Alimerka is the first in Europe to incorporate into its fleet the Scania 13 litre tow truck in Europe with the recently introduced Scania OC13 13-liter natural gas engine. The Liquefied Natura Gas (LNG)-fueled unit, Alimerka pushes its LNG-powered fleet to 46 Scania trucks, representing 61% of the total fleet of vehicles of the Asturian distribution company.
The 13-liter Scania engine corresponds to a new era for gas engines for long-distance transport, with a reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15% in natural gas and up to 90% in the case of biogas.
The Euro 6 engine works according to the Otto principle with spark plugs and complete combustion and delivers 410 hp (302 kW) @ 1,900 rpm with 2,000 Nm torque @ 1,100–1,400 rpm, similar to diesel engines of a similar size.
A special safety aspect that Scania engineers have developed is that they have turned the tank valves upside down, that is, in the opposite direction to the direction of travel. It is a seemingly simple, but thoughtful, detail that reduces the risk of damage to the valves in case they are hit with stones or gravel.
This new commitment of the Asturian distribution chain implies a total investment in excess of € 200,000.
Alimerka: a natural gas pioneer
Alimerka joins the market interest for biogas or natural gas vehicles with growing demand in the European market. It is a pioneer company to join this initiative, electing to purchase 20 Scania LNG trucks in latter part of 2016. The objective of this project is to provide a sustainable and efficient solution for the environment, as well as to guarantee the reduction of consumption and the reduction in costs. Prepared both for long distances and for urban transport, these vehicles deliver performance comparable to same-size diesel vehicles while emitting approximately half the noise of a conventional diesel vehicle.
This vehicle, which thanks to the double LNG tanks reaches an autonomy of up to 1,600 km depending on the route and the type of transport, will take care of the regional transport to the different points of sale that the distribution chain has both in Asturias and in Castilla León and Galicia.