Afvalverwijdering Rivierenland (AVRI) has taken delivery of two new refuse collection vehicles, powered by compressed natural gas. The Scania P310 chassis, fitted out with Haller side-loaders, employ a 305 gas engine capable of operating on natural gas and biomethane. Both vehicles are currently refuelled at the Scania Gerritse BV MC truck dealer location, the only refuelling facility in the Rivierenland area. AVRI is exploring the possibility of having an additional filling point installed near its base in Geldermalsen.
The 6×2 vehicle is powered by the latest Scania five-cylinder 9.3-liter engine platform (bore: 130 mm) used for the Euro 5 and EEV (enhanced environmentally friendly vehicle) engines. There are several modifications made, including cylinder heads for center-mounted spark plugs, a gas injection system in the intake manifold and a specially modified camshaft. The engine management system automatically adapts to the quality of the gas, which is an advantage when driving on biomethane or mixture of biomethane and natural gas. The trucks are equipped with the automatic 6-speed Allison transmissions.
The two side-loaders are being used for the collection of residual and organic waste in small containers in Tiel. AVRI aims to replace existing fleet vehicles with natural gas vehicles in the future.
(This article compiled using information from a Scania Nederland press release)