Scania’s net sales rose to SEK 36.1 billion (USD 5.42 b.) and earnings in the first quarter amounted to an all-time-high of SEK 4,207 m. (USD 631.1 m.), which gave an operating margin of 11.7 percent. Higher vehicle and service volume, currency effects and the market mix contributed positively, with particular note being made in the Interim Report of sales of natural gas vehicles.
“We see ever-increasing interest in Scania’s gas vehicles. When the city of Bogotá renewed their Bus Rapid Transit system, TransMilenio chose 741 Scania Euro 6 gas buses, the cleanest and most silent buses on the Colombian market. Scania will also deliver 100 gas trucks to a customer in Germany for transports to the food retail sector.
“Regardless of whether they are powered by biogas or natural gas, Scania’s gas engines have essentially the same technical solution. From a sustainability perspective, biogas is preferable since this fuel reduces CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent (20 percent with natural gas). However, the use of biogas is hampered by a shortage of fuel. For this reason, Scania is working actively in various partnerships to secure the production of biogas and thereby enable a broader penetration for sustainable gas solutions to reduce carbon footprint.”
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