It’s two years since the boss of Scania announced the new-generation of Scania trucks was to come online.
In total, Scania invested 2.5 billion Euro dollars into the project, that’s more than $4 billion Australian dollars.
Recently launched into Australia, the new-gen Scania impressed us when we got a drive, and there are hopes the truck will significantly boost local sales for the Swedish brand.
Speaking at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany, Scania boss, Henrik Henriksson, said all the hard work has been worth it.
“Two years on we now have the strongest and broadest product range we’ve ever had.
“Our friends in the media have been impressed with the new trucks, particularly about fuel consumption, driveability, comfort and quality.
“And we have exceeded our promise to our customers of fuel savings of at least 5%.”
Mr Henriksson also spoke about the recent arrival of the XT construction truck range, which he said strengthens the brands position in the construction segment.
And said the availability of the Scania Urban Trucks range was important as the world continues to see an increase in urbanization.
But, what he was most proud of was that all the Scania trucks on show at IAA were powered by renewable, non fossil fuels.
“At Scania we’ve taken a stand, we’ve taken a position that we will drive the shift towards sustainable transport solutions.
“That is our purpose, that is what we are going to do.
“And we have conducted a study that is showing that by 2050 it will be possible for us to have a fossil free transport system in the world.
“It is maybe already possible at 2030.
“In that study it is clear that we need to work with bio-fuels initially and then eventually, electrification will come into play and that will be the basis for a fossil fuel-free system.”
Christian Levin, Scania’s sales and marketing chief, also spoke of the need to look at cleaner propulsion options.
“Electrification technology and the needed infrastructure is gaining momentum throughout the world, but short and also medium term we will need to rely on the combustion engine with bio-fuels burnt in it for heavy commercial transport.
“Meanwhile, hybrid vehicles, battery electric, especially on city buses, are approaching cost parity.”
And he warned there are drawbacks of using fully-electric trucks.
“First being operational, read disruptions because of charging time, but also the availability of charging infrastructure.
“But also commercially, read cost or price of this equipment, these hugely expensive trucks often do not have the range for short haul operation or long haul operation.
“The lack of infrastructure is also hindering the efficient deployment of the logistics.
“Residual values are of great concern to our customers, they wonder, what about the life span of the batteries?”
“Do I risk being stuck with a heavily depreciated vehicle once the batteries reach their prime?”
“So, what to do? Good news, we have combined the best of two worlds, hybrid vehicles with bio-diesel and HP power driveline in our world’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle, an L-Series truck (seen below).
“It is keeping Scania’s philosophy, it’s fully modularized, meaning you can get it any configuration.
“It’s available here and now, we’re opening the order books, not tomorrow, not in five years, but today.
“You’d say maybe it’s expensive, yeah, of course it’s more expensive,”
“You can say it’s containing two parallel drivelines compared to its pure diesel sibling, but we still think and claim that this is a small street smart money making machine for our customers.
“Firstly, you can run it up to 10 kilometres on pure electric mode, at your first stop delivery, or the driver’s break, you can fill it up again in less than half an hour,”
“And you have another 10 kilometres on full electric.
“That is more than sufficient for short haul applications in inner city transport.
“Meanwhile, we save fuel, reduce CO2 emissions.”
And Mr Levin said the same hybrid tech is already saving some of Scania’s bus customers from 20% on their fuel consumption.
“Add to that the plug-in capability and it would be fair to say that you could save another five or ten percent.”
The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) L-Series Scania is powered by an inline five-cylinder engine that can run on hydro treated vegetable oil or diesel.
Total output is 177hp and 1,050Nm.
No word yet on the offering being made available in Australia, though we will keep you updated in our Scania News section.