June 4, 2020. Scania and PepsiCo announced a purchase and sale operation for 18 trucks powered by natural gas and biomethane, making up the largest batch sold by the automaker since the launch of this product in Brazil. The deal was revealed by executives from both companies.

According to Scania, it is the largest batch sold for this type of vehicle since sales began at the 2019 National Transport Fair (Fenatran). Last week, the company had already delivered four units to two carriers. 23 units have already been sold, and the expectation for this year is to reach 100, an evaluation that already considers the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s economy.

“We have not changed our goal. The pandemic did not interfere in this regard because the interest of large shippers and our customers continues. We maintain the forecast for 100 units this year,” said Roberto Barral, Vice President of Commercial Operations for Scania in Brazil.

Scania executives emphasized that the vehicle is part of the multinational’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 50% by 2025 and emissions from its products by 20% within five years, a goal that has been defined this year.

For this truck, Scania’s promise is a range of about 500 kilometers with a tank of natural gas, with 15% less emissions. In the case of biomethane, the emission is up to 90% lower, according to data from tests carried out by the company itself. And the engine, designed for this fuel, is up to 20% quieter.

“Scania invested R$ 20 million in its São Bernardo plant (do Campo, at ABC Paulista), to bring the technology, prepare the plant and train its employees,” said Barral.

PepsiCo had been testing the new equipment since November last year, on routes in São Paulo state and southern Brazil. The results presented by the company during the press conference indicated a reduction of 15% in CO2 emissions compared to diesel trucks, and up to 97% in the case of nitrous oxide (NOx).