Scania to launch first Euro 6 LNG/CNG trucks in UK 19 June 2014

Scania will be launching the first gas-powered Euro 6 truck in the UK later this year – bringing in a 340bhp P 340 LNG (liquefied natural gas) LA4x2MNA tractor unit.

It's part of Scania's 50 years in the UK anniversary celebration, which also sees the firm now including a three-year (extendable to seven) R&M programme as standard for all Euro 6 distribution and long-haul trucks, and extending its Total Transport Solutions with the launch of Vehicle Related Services (VRS).

The Euro 6 gas truck – which follows the introduction of Scania gas buses to Reading in April 2013 – offers low fuel consumption, high operational efficiency and ultra-low emissions, including of carbon dioxide, according to Scania UK truck sales director, Martin Hay.

Hay also points to Scania's long history with gas engines (which spans more than a century), and says the gas engines provide the same performance as comparable diesel engines, with power ratings of 280 and 340bhp and torque of 1,350 and 1,600Nm respectively.

"With more operators seeking alternatives to conventional diesel, gas is proving to be an increasingly popular choice," states Hay.

"Whereas operators have so far been restricted to dual-fuel diesel/gas vehicles, our vehicle now enables customers to fully reap the benefits entirely gas-powered trucks offer," he adds.

Hay also confirms that a second Scania gas-powered tractor configured for CNG (compressed natural gas) is also due shortly in the UK.

Meanwhile, the Euro 6 R&M package, Hay says the package provides full bumper-to-bumper cover with service available at any of the 92 Scania dealers nationwide, and includes all R&M work with the exception of out-of-hours servicing and MOTs.

"Since Scania became the first manufacturer to introduce [Euro 6 trucks] to the market back in 2011, approximately 5,000 Euro 6 Scania vehicles entered service before the standard became mandatory," he explains.

"Those vehicles have proven their worth day-in, day-out... Without that experience and knowledge under our belts, it would be impossible for us to now offer such an extended R&M programme."

As for the new VRS aftermarket programme, Mark Grant, aftersales director for Scania (GB) says it is designed to provide operators with a one-stop shop for their entire fleets – covering components from trailer parts to fifth-wheel coupling kits, and internal load straps to roller shutter doors.

The new trailer component catalogue alone runs to 200 pages, while the parts and consumable items catalogues run to many thousands of components.

"Scania has been undertaking trailer maintenance since the 1980s," comments Grant, adding that 30% of all work passing through Scania's workshops today involves equipment other than Scania.

"VRS is a natural extension... We are tailoring our service to meet customers' requirements in the way that best suits their needs."

Author
Brian Tinham

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