At Busworld in Kortrijk, Belgium, Scania unveils the latest addition to its comprehensive range of buses and coaches – the hybrid Scania Interlink Low Decker. This bus complements the versatile Scania Interlink family of low, medium and high decker buses.
Scania Interlink Hybrid
With the addition of hybrid technology, Scania now meets the entire scope of alternatives for suburban and inter-city operations. On certain routes with frequent stops, hybrid buses are the best choice in terms of fuel economy, carbon reduction and other emissions. The Scania Interlink LD is presently available for diesel, biodiesel, HVO, CNG/CBG, ethanol and, with the latest addition, hybrid. It complements the Scania Citywide Low Entry Suburban, which is also available for the full range of alternative fuels as well as a hybrid mode.
“The accelerating urban growth in the world is largely rapid suburbanisation rather than expanding city centres. That means longer commuter trips to work and, in fact, suburban public transport presently consumes three times more fuel than city centre transport. Thus, we need a greater focus on finding non-fossil alternatives for these journeys,” says Karin Rådström Head of Buses and Coaches at Scania.
For many European city and suburban bus operators, gas propulsion is the most readily available alternative. With natural gas, the carbon reduction is up to 20 percent and with biogas up to a full 90 percent. Scania therefore introduces larger compressed gas tanks that in spite of their greater volume weigh less. This not only paves the way for increased passenger capacity but also for an extended range without refilling.
Scania Citywide Electric
Furthermore, Scania at Busworld premieres its battery electric Scania Citywide Low Floor bus. This bus will be trialled over the coming months to ensure that it meets the highest Scania standards before commercial release during 2018.
Scania is at the forefront of connectivity with nearly 300,000 connected vehicles. This enables Scania to offer its Fleet Care service with a full commitment in planning and implementing maintenance, preventive repairs and repairs. This service is now being extended to Scania Fleet Care with Uptime Guarantee. According to their circumstances, operators can decide the uptime percentage they need and when it is most required. This service can hereby be precisely tailored to when operational needs are greatest and generate the highest revenue.
Scania also showcases its versatile coach range at Busworld. At the stand is the 12.9-metre Scania Touring coach that offers an exceptional fuel consumption of less than two litres per 10 kilometres and very competitive value for money. This coach can operate on biodiesel, thereby reducing carbon emissions by more than 60 percent compared to conventional diesel. The new 12.8-metre complete Scania Interlink High Decker intercity coach is also on display at Busworld. Operating on HVO fuel, the Scania Interlink HD reaches an impressive carbon reduction of up to 90 percent. It features the widely acclaimed Scania 410 hp engine, wheelchair lift and exceptional storage space.
“We are proud to present Scania’s most comprehensive range with the greatest selection of alternative fuels in the market,” says Rådström. “Scania provides operators with an outstanding freedom of choice to, with retained total operating economy, make the necessary shift to more sustainable passenger transport services.”