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
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