May 18, 2021. Scania and Comgás announced a partnership with the aim of expanding the number of filling stations for heavy commercial vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and biomethane in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.
The first step will be the mapping of corridors and logistics routes. The plan also includes the evaluation for the installation of natural gas refueling facilities in garages for fleet owners and bus operators, with the aim of making gas-powered units more competitive.
“A bus operator which has a filling station in its garage gains in productivity because it can fill the tanks during non-traffic hours,” explained the President and CEO of Scania Latin America, Christopher Podgorski.
Since March 2020, Scania has produced trucks with dedicated gas engines at the São Bernardo do Campo plant in ABC Paulista, as a result of an investment in the new product platform of around R$ 4 billion. Vehicles can be refueled with CNG, biomethane, or a mixture of both. The manufacturer also launched city and highway buses powered by the gaseous fuel.
“Within cities, where natural gas can be applied in public transport, with the technology of our gas-powered buses we can reduce to almost zero the emission of particulate matter, a carcinogenic pollutant and responsible for the increase in deaths caused by respiratory diseases. With that, we obtain gains for the people, for the planet and for the companies”, indicated Podgorski.
Another advantage that Scania mentions is that the total operating cost of gas-powered vehicles can be lower than that of diesel throughout the cycle, depending on the region and supply model, which makes the return on the investment made in the acquisition of the units viable.
“Natural gas is an energy solution used by several developed and developing countries, as it has low pollution rates and an abundant supply on the world market. The joint work with Scania is of utmost importance to further develop and promote the use of this fuel in fleets of heavy commercial vehicles,” said Comgás CEO Antonio Simões.