Following the order of 35 Citywide Low Floor (LF) 12m CNG (Natural Gas for Vehicles) by the SMTC (Syndicat Mixed Transport Association of Greater Grenoble) last December, Scania has won the Semitag consultation for the delivery by September 2018 of thirteen additional Citywide Low Entry (LE) CNG buses.
Thirteen Scania Citywide buses are in addition to the 35 Citywide LFs (Low Floor) recently ordered, destined for the Grenoble conurbation. All these vehicles will be gas powered and delivered next September.
“This is a great satisfaction for Scania and a mark of confidence in our products from Semitag,” says Philippe Pierson, Scania Urban and Long Distance Network Development Manager. In fact, Scania is a provider of sustainable transportation solutions, particularly in urban and intercity buses.
“The energy transition is not an empty word at Semitag. For several years, we have been striving to make our fleet cleaner and less polluting, whether in terms of emissions or noise. This order completes our offer in gas vehicles. They will be assigned to line 25, a long distance line with short inter trips. The Citywide will perfectly fulfill their role as an easily accessible bus offering more seating than their counterparts traveling in the city center, ” says Christine Rochex, rolling stock manager at Semitag.
The thirteen Citywide buses are equipped with disc brakes, an electronic braking system and Scania’s automatic tire pressure control. The ZF six-speed automatic transmission is coupled with the Scania 9-liter engine that develops 280 hp. It can run on natural gas as well as biogas, xTL and biodiesel. Its rigid lowered front axle allows an optimal passenger flow.
Each vehicle will be prepared at CAPS (Scania Adaptation and Preparation Center) in Angers for interior design and customization.
The Semitag, which operates the public transport network of the Grenoble conurbation, a partner of the Transdev group, currently has 220 standard buses, including 56 hybrid and 74 CNG buses, plus 32 articulated buses. More than 17 million kilometers are traveled each year, serving the 49 municipalities of the agglomeration. The first CNG buses were introduced in 2002.
Source: Scania France – Scania CV AB is a member of NGVA Europe and associate member of NGV Global