THE LONG DISTANCE “BIOGAS” SCANIA BUS IN SWEDISH PREMIERE
Scania Europe – in collaboration with operator Flixbus and gas supplier Gasum – recently announced a BIOGAS-POWERED luxury coach for long-distance journeys.
“Biogas will be one of the key tools for decarbonizing heavy transport, especially for long-distance operations like intercity and long-haul transport,” said Jonas Strömberg, Director of Sustainability at Scania Europe.
Powered by liquid biogas (LBG), the coach will reduce climate impact and contribute to fossil fuel-free transport between the two Nordic capitals, explains Scania.
Biogas is currently used in compressed form mainly by city buses, cars and light transport vehicles, but has so far been less competitive for long-haul heavy vehicles, he explains. In recent years, technology has been developed to cool biogas to around minus 160 degrees Celsius, so that it becomes liquid and therefore more energy dense. This opens up the possibility of using gas for, among other things, heavy transport, both by land and by sea, he adds.
The availability of biogas will improve rapidly across Europe, especially as the EU has decided to make refueling points available along major European road networks (TEN-T), according to Scania.
“As the first long-distance coach powered by biogas, it is probably the most sustainable coach solution today,” said Johan Ekberg, head of Scania’s customer unit.
The advantages of liquid biogas are numerous: it is fossil fuel-free, renewable, produced locally and reduces emissions, confirms Scania. By switching to locally produced liquid biogas as fuel in trucks or long-haul buses, operators are reducing their impact on the climate and that of their customers by more than 90%, the company says.
Air quality, in general, is also positively affected by reduced emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides (NOx), and quieter vehicles benefit both drivers and passengers, as well as to society as a whole, he adds.
“Biogas is not only the fuel that emits the least CO2, it also solves local waste problems, creates local jobs and brings carbon and nutrients back to the soil,” said Jonas Strömberg, Director of Development sustainable at Scania Europe.
“It is the Swiss army knife of the circular economy,” he added.
REDUCTION OF EMISSIONS
Already today, 17% of the European gas network is made up of biogas – and it is growing rapidly, actively contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions, according to Scania.
In the Swedish gas network for vehicles, the share of biogas reaches 95 percent, he confirms.
“Biogas will be one of the key tools for decarbonizing heavy transport, especially for long-distance operations like intercity and long-distance transport,” Strömberg said.
“Half of the European heavy gas fleet could be supplied with biogas in 2025”, he concluded.
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