Scania-ADL set to launch gas-powered demonstrator vehicle

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The vehicle, based on a Scania K UB4x2 chassis with an ADL Enviro300NG body, can be configured to run on either Compressed Natural Gas or Bio Natural Gas
The vehicle, based on a Scania K UB4x2 chassis with an ADL Enviro300NG body, can be configured to run on either Compressed Natural Gas or Bio Natural Gas

A Scania gas-powered bus with ADL Enviro300NG bodywork will soon be used in a series of demonstrations with a number of high-profile UK bus operators.

The programme, scheduled to begin in mid-March, was created in response to the interest generated following the recent announcement that Reading Buses is to become the first adopter of Scania-ADL gas-powered vehicles, with delivery of 20 units due to commence in May 2013.

The demonstrator, which is Green Bus Funding compliant, has successfully completed all necessary homologation and certification tests. Featuring a Scania K UB4x2 chassis with a 270bhp Scania OG9 G04 engine, the vehicle is capable of operating on either Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Bio Natural Gas (BNG). The engine offers high efficiency and low fuel consumption with no need for exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). It is based on the same platform as Scania’s modular-build 9.3-litre diesel engine, which limits the number of new components required for the low entry gas chassis to around 40 items.

The 12.2m overall length ADLEnviro 300NG body seats up to 40 passengers. The driver’s seat, Transito saloon seats, rear five-person seating unit and wheelchair bump pad are all finished in e-leather green with cream piping, with the wheelbox and tip-up seats finished in green only. Complementing the seating is Tara bus Gaya Wood 4521 Yellowstone flooring and cool white interior LED lighting. The vehicle has Hanover electronic type destination equipment with LED illumination and is also equipped with WiFi and a Synectics 7 camera CCTV system.

Scania GB’s Director of Bus, Coach and Engine Sales, Tony Tomsett, said: “The levels of interest in this exciting new gas-powered product are exceptional, with operators the length and breadth of the UK keen to try a vehicle for themselves. Our demonstration programme has been designed to fulfil that need, and we are now very much looking forward to sharing the potential benefits of gas power with as wide an audience as possible.”

Robert Davey, Group Commercial Director at ADL, commented: “Reading’s decision to buy 20 of the vehicles has stimulated a huge amount of interest, so the message to operators is clear: get on board now if you want to feature in the demonstration programme.”

Operators interested in trying the Scania-ADL gas demonstrator should contact Mark Oliver (Scania) on T: 01908 210210, M: 07768 032883 or E: mark.oliver@scania.com, or Richard Matthews (ADL) on T: 01483 825065,
M: 07747 477574 or E: richard.matthews@alexander-dennis.com