March 15, 2019. Scania will test in Curitiba, capital of Paraná, a bus driven by compressed natural gas (CNG) and also biomethane (gas extracted from organic waste), or the mixture of both, as part of an agreement signed between the city council, the government and the company in order to move forward with the adoption of vehicles powered by alternative fuels. The first model, which will enter the testing phase this month, is already being produced at the factory in São Bernardo do Campo (SP) and will have the 480 4×2 chassis of the padron type, which has a length from 12.5 to 13 meters and capacity to transport from 86 to 100 people with Caio bodywork.
According to the commercial director, Silvio Munhoz, the city council of the Brazilian city offered to support the company if it wants to install a plant for the local development of technologies for vehicles moved to alternative fuels. “We are going to study the possibility,” the executive said, without detailing what kind of support the city council could give.
Compared to a similar diesel vehicle, this bus emits 85% less pollutant gases when it is supplied with biomethane and 70% less when it works with CNG, in addition to reducing noise pollution. The manufacturer guarantees that the model also decreases around 28% the operational cost per kilometer shot.
The project already has the support of the CompañíaParanaense de Gas, a state supplier of natural gas, and a recycling company that will produce biomethane. Scania will also study a third partner company for the distribution of CNG.