Nobina AB, supplier of passenger transport to local communities throughout the Nordic Region, has invested over half a billion SEK (USD 74 million) in new biogas fueled regional buses. The buses will be put into service in Skåne and Uppland as of summer 2012. The order from Nobina is Scania AB’s biggest order for gas engines to date and represents a breakthrough for the new generation of gas engines introduced by Scania in the autumn of 2010. Of the 121 buses for Nobina, 109 will be run on biomethane and the rest on biodiesel.
“This is one of Nobina’s larger bus investments in recent years. We are especially pleased to find new suppliers of biogas buses for this kind of traffic, being an environmentally friendly alternative, which is more frequently requested by our customers,” says Lars Åkesson, purchasing manager, Nobina.
The requirements for the bus fleet are regulated in the traffic contracts, where a common solution is a combination of newly purchased buses and buses that have already been used in the operations. The more standardized the buses are, the wider range of applications within the group over time, requiring long term planning and sound technical knowledge. Nobina has selected the biomethane-powered Scania Omnilink gas bus for its fleet.
“The optimization of the bus fleet is a key tool in Nobina’s efficiency program and a way to increase the profitability in the contracts. Through regular renewal of the bus fleet, Nobina is able to offer better comfort, more environmentally friendly travel, smarter fuel solutions and more efficient vehicle utilization,” says Ingrid Håkanson, Managing Director Nobina Fleet.
Scania says the order now means it is the largest make in the Swedish marketplace. “Through the deal with Nobina we are taking a major step into the market for gas-fuelled buses,” says Leif Nyström, head of Scania’s bus and coach sales in Sweden. The company says biomethane holds tremendous potential, for instance if produced from sewage and waste dumps, and is gradually gaining ground as a fuel of choice.
(This article compiled using information from Nobina AB and Scania AB press releases)