Swedish vehicle manufacturer Scania has introduced the world’s first LNG-fuelled long-distance coach.
The Scania Interlink Medium Decker coach features operational range of up to 1,000 kilometres and is claimed to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20 percent while also substantially reducing nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions.
“Whereas there are several options for carbon-conscious city and suburban bus operators, there has been a void in long-distance travel market that we have now addressed,” Karin Rådström, Head of Buses and Coaches at Scania, said.
The introduction signals the maturation of LNG refuelling infrastructure, particularly in Scania’s home market in Scandinavia and northern Europe.
Scania targets alternative fuel fleet
The firm states an intention to transition its entire bus and coach line-up to low-emission fuel capabiliteis ¬and has to date introduced a number of alternatives such as the Scania Citywide LE Suburban hybrid to the Scania Interlink High Decker for Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).
“As LNG is becoming increasingly available throughout Europe, as well as in many other parts of the world, this is a timely and viable alternative.” Rådström added.
“Fundamental shift” in transport solutions
While LNG use for passenger vessels has been established in Europe for many years, the uptake of LNG for land-based coach travel is predicted to be at the vanguard of wider urban transportation utilisation.
To tackle urban emissions, Scania also recently announced its Scania Zone solution to assist transport companies and their drivers in adhering to local regulations by linking policies such as speed limits, emission restrictions and noise limitations to geo-fencing zones in Scania Fleet Management.
"We are in the midst of a fundamental shift in heavy transport and Scania aims to lead the way with all the low-carbon and zero tailpipe emission vehicles that hauliers require for their operations. Cities are now in the forefront but all forms of transport will need to adjust to meet the carbon reduction target as set forth in the Paris Agreement,” Alexander Vlaskamp, Senior Vice President at Scania, said.
As part of this shift, Scania also recently showcased its battery electric Citywide Low Floor bus, which is already operational in regular traffic in the northern Swedish city of Östersund.