Scania is now providing buyers with the option to combine its 9-litre natural gas engine with Scania Opticruise, its in-house automated manual transmission (AMT) system, instead of either a manual or an automated transmission.. This gives more customers the opportunity to choose compressed (CNG) and liquefied (LNG) natural gas solutions, for example in long-haulage transport.
In Europe, demand is primarily driven by environmental considerations where cities as well as large transport buyers wish to improve air quality and reduce their carbon footprint. “We’re experiencing a significant increase in demand for gas-operated trucks, both in countries with Euro 6-standards and in countries with an abundant supply of natural gas,” says Magnus Höglund, Director, Sustainable Solutions.
Scania’s 9-litre, five-cylinder gas engine is available in two power ratings, which combine drivability with low noise levels and reduced environmental impact. In its current truck range, Scania presently offers gas engines in combination with P-, G- and Low-entry cabs. Scania’s gas-fuelled engines operate equally well with CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) as with LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and, needless to say, also with renewable biogas. In addition, several tanks can be selected, where the LNG option generally offers a longer range for routes up to 1,100 kilometres between each refill.
“Our 340 hp gas engine is fully comparable in performance to our diesel with the same power rate and actually generates slightly higher maximum torque,” explains Höglund. “The fact that we now combine our 9-litre engine with Scania Opticruise, enables long-haulage drivers to take advantage of good performance, relaxed driving and a low noise volume. Regardless of the exact availability of gas qualities, environmental benefits with lower particulate matter levels and reduced CO2 emissions can always be obtained.”