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Scania Australia announces alternative fuel options locally

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Scania Australia, has signed a memoranda of understanding (MOU) with bio-fuels industry providers to help accelerate adoption of more sustainable and cleaner transport solutions for its customers.

The announcement from Scania follows agreements it has made in recent weeks with Wilmar Bioethanol Australia, Ecotech Biodiesel and the NGV Group who consult for and supply infrastructure to Natural Gas and Biogas.

Over the year the company had held many discussions with several transport related entities said Anthony King, Scania Australia Sustainable Solutions Manager.

These have included governments, operators and suppliers.

“Scania is now moving to facilitate the adoption of alternative-fuelled vehicles in Australia,” he said.

“We have therefore embarked on a programme of creating MOUs with a number of key suppliers who will supply reliable, consistent and widely available fuels for customers nominating alternative fuels for their future Scania vehicles,” said King.

“This is all part of our drive towards creating a sustainable transport future. Sustainability at Scania is based on the three pillars of energy efficiency; alternative fuels, electrification; and smart and safe transport.”

“Transport contributes a quarter of total energy-related CO2 emissions and it is these emissions that are contributing to climate change. Operators do not have to wait to adapt their businesses to a sustainable transport system – the solutions are already here. Scania can provide a broad range of platforms and services to support our customers today and tomorrow,” said King.

As part of its fuels engine portfolio Scania offers Compressed Natural Gas, Compressed Biogas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Compressed Biogas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Bioethanol, Biodiesel and HVO and Hybrid + HVO.

The company said in an issued statement that it did not believe in a one-size-fits-all solution, but that by providing sustainable fuel pathways and offering optimised transport systems it was assisting customers reduce emissions.

According to King, the arrangements Scania is putting in place are the first steps towards importing, distributing, selling, servicing and maintaining vehicles that run on alternative fuels.

“We are also looking at alternative-fuelled trucks for some customers, and we have seen in Sweden the success of the Scania Hybrid truck for urban distribution,” he said.

“These have the ability to run short distances on battery power alone, which allows them access to densely-populated urban areas at night for deliveries or waste collection, which leads to a reduction in congestion during daylight rush hours.”

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