Touring gets gas power

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Scania’s gas engine offers a natural gas or biogas solution, with significantly lower carbon emissions. SCANIA

Scania’s Touring will follow the Irizar-bodied model in becoming the manufacturer’s next LNG/LBG-powered coach option

Scania is adding an LBG/LNG variant to the range of options available on its Touring coach. Able to run on both natural gas and biogas, or a mix of the two, Scania says the move represents the next step along the path to lower carbon emissions, and allows a smooth transition to biogas, creating a circular and economically viable solution for sustainable long-distance transport.

“The new LBG/LNG variant of the Scania Touring is an excellent option for express bus and long-distance operators that want to become more sustainable without a massive investment or negative impact on operations,” said Carl-Johan Lööf, Head of Product Management, People Transport Solutions at Scania.

The new variant comes with a 13-litre gas engine that provides 410hp (302kW) and 2000Nm, and with an efficiency that Scania says will allow users to lower their fuel costs. With the standard tank option, it promises a range of over 600 miles/1,000km.

“This product gives you power, torque and range equivalent to that of a diesel powered bus or coach, while actually reducing noise levels and offering lower operating costs. If you add the sustainability benefits of using biogas, it is a truly outstanding solution,” said Carl-Johan.

Scania’s Sustainable Transport Business Manager Jonas Strömberg added: “Biogas can play a key role in decarbonising heavy duty transport, particularly in long-distance applications. The infrastructure for fuel production and tank stations continues to expand, with huge investment taking place, not least in Europe.”

Biogas is fossil-free and renewable, and offers CO2 emission reductions of up to 90% compared to diesel from a well-to-wheel perspective. Speaking about localised production of the fuel, Jonas added: “These solutions are truly circular and I would say that our 13-litre gas powertrain is the most sustainable and viable option on the market for long-distance operators. It is better for the environment, quiet, smart, and perhaps most important, available here-and-now, allowing long-distance operators to take a huge step towards sustainable transport.”

Scania has been developing gas engines since the early 1900s, and believes that they are the perfect tool in the transition to the more sustainable energy. The new gas powertrain option for the Scania Touring adds to Scania’s current gas portfolio for the long-distance segment, which includes buses
and coaches built with external body partners, such as the Scania Beulas DD LBG/LNG and the Scania Irizar i6S Efficient LBG/LNG that was shown at Busworld in Brussels last year.

Scania’s Touring will be available in biogas and natural gas formats. SCANIA