Three Sca­nia City­wide LF buses will be in op­er­a­tion in Swe­den from the end of 2017,

Sca­nia is about to start its first field tests of bat­tery pow­ered elec­tric buses in Swe­den

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with an ad­di­tional three buses to be added in early 2019

Three Sca­nia City­wide LF buses will be in op­er­a­tion in Swe­den from the end of 2017, with an ad­di­tional three buses added in early 2019. Two new charg­ing sta­tions will be built in Öster­sund to sup­ply the six buses at both ends of the 14km ma­jor bus line.

With 10-minute charg­ing, buses will run ev­ery 15 min­utes for a to­tal of 100 jour­neys each day.

Sca­nia Bus and Coach project man­ager Anne Sörens­son says elec­tric bus tech­nol­ogy is the way of the fu­ture.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of bat­tery elec­tric buses here is re­ally ex­cit­ing, they will con­trib­ute to our aim of achiev­ing fos­sil-free trans­port by 2030,” she says.

Sca­nia Bus and Coach head Anna Carmo e Silva says the man­u­fac­turer cur­rently of­fers a wide range of buses and coaches that run on al­ter­na­tive fu­els, in­clud­ing bio-gas, bioethanol, bio- diesel and hy­brid elec­tric buses.

“By adding bat­tery elec­tric buses, we will fur­ther strengthen our fo­cus on sus­tain­able trans­port and com­ple­ment this broad range with buses par­tic­u­larly for in­nercity op­er­a­tions,” she says.

The tri­als will be car­ried out in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the City of Öster­sund and Re­gion Jämt­land Här­jedalen’s Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity, and the pub­licly owned en­ergy sup­plier Jämtkraft.

The buses will be op­er­ated by Net­tbuss, a sub­sidiary of the Nor­we­gian State Rail­ways, which is the sec­ond largest bus op­er­a­tor in all Nordic coun­tries.

Closer to home, Sca­nia Aus­tralia is also rolling out a new au­to­mated main­te­nance sys­tem called Sca­nia Com­mu­ni­ca­tor, which mon­i­tors hun­dreds of pa­ram­e­ters within the pow­er­train and over­all ve­hi­cle sys­tems, and ba­si­cally means the bus tells the work­shop when it needs a ser­vice or ur­gent at­ten­tion.

Armed with data up­loads and even re­mote on- the-go di­ag­no­sis, by the time your bus pulls into the work­shop, not only will the Sca­nia ser­vice ad­vi­sors and tech­ni­cians know what needs re­plac­ing, it should have the parts ready.

From the op­er­a­tor’s per­spec­tive, the ser­vice plan­ning func­tion can now be passed to Sca­nia’s Na­tional Ser­vice Sched­ul­ing Team, who will be mon­i­tor­ing data fed from the Sca­nia Com­mu­ni­ca­tor. The data in­di­cates when main­te­nance, re­pairs or re­place­ment parts are due.

Sca­nia in Aus­tralia is also rolling out its new data-driven ser­vice con­cept called Sca­nia Main­te­nance with Flex­i­ble Plans. This pro­vides bus and coach op­er­a­tors with the with the op­tion to have ser­vic­ing intervals set to meet the ex­act needs of each ve­hi­cle, de­ter­mined by how it is used, what loads it car­ries, and over what ter­rain.

Data drawn from ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tion plays a crit­i­cal role in de­ter­min­ing ser­vic­ing in­ter­val re­quire­ments. Sca­nia be­gan rolling out Sca­nia Main­te­nance with Flex­i­ble Plans across Europe more than one year ago.

The in­tro­duc­tion of bat­tery elec­tric buses here is re­ally ex­cit­ing

Be­low: Sca­nia City­wide LF elec­tric buses will be in op­er­a­tion from the end of this year

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