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In the lead for improving the ecosystem of mobility

  • Scania offers 9 different ICEs for alternative fuels, here and now

  • Increasing demand for sustainable solutions that include Scania’s services in the construction segment, now and beyond

  • Scania’s customer offers always include sustainable alternatives

  • Construction trucks operate in urban areas – and must comply with legislation enacted to reach a fossil-free transport system

  • HVO, biodiesel, biogas or bioethanol – CO2 reductions of up to 90%

  • Scania’s PHEV is an ideal city tipper for sensitive areas

Scania’s launch of the New Truck Generation and XT range has not only introduced robust solutions for the construction segment, it has also been playing an important role in advancing sustainable alternatives for the industry. Scania offers the widest range of connected services and powertrains for    re­­­newable or alternative fuels. Currently there are no less than nine different internal combustion engines avail­able, ranging from 280 to 580 hp, intended for gas, biodiesel or bioethanol. And all of Scania’s Euro 6 diesel truck engines can run on HVO.


“Today we definitely see that a shift towards sustainability is also on its way in the construction segment,” says Jenny Engvall, acting Product Director, Construction, Scania Trucks. “It is obvious that sustainability is a prerequisite for long-term pro­fitability. All stake­holders have to contri­bute to curbing CO2 to combat global warm­ing, and regulations such as environmental zones and diesel bans in cities have proved to be efficient wake-up calls to all kinds of hauliers.”

All but one of the Scania trucks on display at Bauma can run on hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO), a biodiesel than can offer CO2 reductions by up to 90 percent. However, the other truck, a Scania G 410 with mixer body, is powered by Scania’s 13-litre, inline six gas engine with performance that is on a par with diesel engines. This particular truck has a compressed natural gas (CNG) tank installation, which means it can run on natural gas as well as on bio­gas. The 8 m3 hybrid mixer from Italian CIFA is rotated by an electric motor.

“The hybrid Scania mixer on display with its biogas engine powertrain is a fine example of what we together with our partners can offer for today’s demanding settings,” says Engvall. “This concrete truck can operate with less noise and less emissions, for in­stance when the task is to build new infra­structure in dense and crowded urban envir­on­ments.”     

But what about electrification and hybrids, when will those kinds of solutions make their way into the “rough” construction segment?

“They are already here,” says Engvall. “Last autumn Scania introduced our latest hybrid trucks, a solution that combines the best of both worlds: they have combus­tion engines that can run on HVO and an electric motor that can power a three-axle, 26-tonne tipper truck for up to 10 kilometres with zero tailpipe emissions and virtu­ally no noise. That would be an excellent city tipper in major cities with environ­mental zones and noise regulations.”

Scania’s hybrids can be ordered with cabs from either the L or the P-series. The L-series has the new low-entry cabs that Scania introduced in 2018. Due to the hybrid­isation technology, these trucks can comply with some of the most stringent environ­mental demands, while still being able to travel long distances without fuelling range anxiety. And a three-axle configu­ration tipper truck would still have a usable payload of up to 14 tonnes, or less if a crane or a hook lift (or both) are included.

The vehicle can also be ordered in Scania XT form, unless a truck with a less dynamic exterior approach is favoured.

“The need for a shift and decarbonisation is global and we must all contribute,” says Engvall. “The upside is that this does not mean Scania’s construction customers need to sacrifice traits like driveability and robustness, or their total operating eco­nomy. As a principle, Scania always gives two offers to our customers: one that is more tradi­tional and one that is based on alternatives with sustainability in focus. Interestingly enough, we quite often see that the total operating economy calculations with alternative solutions end up being cost-equivalent, or even better than the traditional offer.” 

Source: Scania Group