Scania has unveiled a hybrid truck for urban distribution combining electric and biodiesel operation; other engines run on gas and biogas, biodiesel, bioethanol and hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO).
Magnus Höglund, responsible for alternative fuels and powertrains at Scania Trucks, said: “This launch lets us demonstrate to all types of transport players that they can reduce their CO2 footprint very simply, without giving up anything or incurring significantly higher costs.”
The new hybrid truck allows an 18-tonne distribution truck to operate solely on electric power for up to two kilometres.
Electric operation is primarily intended for situations where other solutions don’t measure up, for example, city distribution at night in noise sensitive areas.
Electric power is combined with Scania’s 9-litre Euro 6 engine with 320 hp, which can be operated on 100 per cent biodiesel, such as FAME or HVO.
Scania reckons HVO fuel can yield up to 90 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.