Scania has successfully tendered to supply 49 Citywide LF 18 metre Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses for public transportation in the French city of Lille. 28 vehicles will be delivered by the end of 2019. The contract is spread over four years, with a further 21 Citywide units to be delivered in that term.
“It is a great satisfaction for Scania France to have won this tender with CNG vehicles for Lille. Indeed, the European Metropolitan Area of Lille (MEL) is a reference in France in the field of vehicles running on CNG or BioCNG (renewable natural gas). Scania CNG vehicles are increasingly in demand throughout the country, meeting current and future standards and the demands of urban areas,” explains Philippe Pierson, Head of Urban and Interurban Network Development at Scania France.
Operated by Transpole, part of the international KEOLIS group, the Scania Citywide will be assigned to the Liane 5 line which has a high level of service in urban areas. With some 50,000 to 60,000 kilometres per vehicle per year, they will constitute a Premium line, according to the wishes of the European Metropolitan Area of Lille.
Used to buses running on CNG, the city has been benefiting since March 2007 from the Sequedin Organic Recovery Centre, which produces biogas for hundreds of buses in the city, saving the equivalent of 4.48 million litres of diesel fuel per year.
An inauguration of the Liane 5 line with Scania Citywide will take place at the end of the year. “The momentum is there,” says Philippe Pierson after the successful delivery in 2018 of 48 Citywide 12-metre LF and LE GNV 12 metres to the Grenoble metropolitan area.
Available in 10, 9, 12 and 18 metres, the Citywide is equipped with a range of engines from 250 to 320 hp, and a six-speed ZF automatic transmission.
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