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Scania pairs biogas engine with powertrain

Scania is aiming to up its fuel efficiency with a new biogas engine.

Scania has revealed that its new biogas engine is now paired with two-thirds of its successful super-based powertrain.

After initially revealing the biogas engine at last year’s IAA fair, Scania says that the well-composed and harmonised trio of the engine, plus its G25 gearboxes and axles from its diesel sibling, can offer fuel savings of up to five per cent.

“When we paired these components, it soon became obvious that we had a hit in the making,” Scania renewable fuels senior product manager Ola Henriksson says.

“Just as the super engine benefits from the increased spread in the G25 gearbox, so do the biogas engines.

“When paired with the Scania Opticruise gearbox and the new axles, the biogas engines can operate very closely to their ‘sweet spot’ most of the time.”

Scania says that the interest for locally produced biomethane fuels for trucks is rapidly increasing, with many companies and transport buyers now having ambitions of decarbonising the road transport industry.

It says that biomethane-based solutions are readily available through rapidly growing fuel-station networks and that CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 90 per cent from a well-to-wheel perspective.

“Biomethane fuels are definitely the solution for those customers who want to start a decarbonisation journey without any delay,” Henriksson says.

“Our biogas engine covers a wide span of industries and applications. A 40-tonne tractor-and-trailer combination can achieve ranges of up to 1,800 km when specified with the biggest Bio-LNG tank solutions that we offer.

“Add the 460 hp and the 2,300 Nm that our OC13 engine offers to the equation and you have a perfect tool for European long-haul.”

Europe’s biogas filling station network is expanding rapidly and is being driven by increased demand from the fuel industry’s major players in Europe.

Scania says that reducing the CO2 footprint is no longer something only green companies are doing to win public acclaim, but it is now a pure necessity for most serious transporters and that all available means must be used.

It says that the new biogas engine is based on its renowned 13-litre gas engine that it has offered for several years.

By increasing engine power levels and preparing them for future legal demands, Henriksson says Scania is demonstrating its intention to gain an even bigger market share in the quest for decarbonisation.

“With the CO2 reductions, the driveability and the ranges we offer now, I am convinced that more customers will recognise what a great solution this is,” Henriksson says.

“There are so many obvious pros and virtually no cons at all and the driver can also enjoy a significantly lower noise level.”

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