This maiden long-distance coach running on biogas will operate on the Stockholm-Oslo route, the company said in a release.
Biogas is currently used in compressed form mainly by city buses, cars and light transport vehicles, but has so far been less competitive for heavy long-distance vehicles. In recent years, technology has been developed to cool the biogas to around minus 160 degrees Celsius so that it becomes liquid and thus more energy-dense. This opens up the possibility of using the gas for, among other things, heavy transport, both by land and by sea.
According to Scania, the availability of biogas will improve quickly throughout Europe, especially as the EU has decided to make fuelling points available along with main European road networks (TEN-T).
As the first long-distance coach powered by biogas, this is probably the most sustainable coach solution today,” Johan Ekberg, head of Scania´s customer unit, said.
The benefits of liquid biogas are many: it`s fossil-free, renewable, locally produced and reduces emissions. By switching to locally produced liquid biogas as fuel in long-distance trucks or buses, operators reduce their own and their customers’ climate impact by more than 90%, claims the company. Air quality, in general, is also positively affected by reduced emissions of particles and nitrogen oxides (NOx), and the quieter vehicles benefit both drivers and passengers, and the society at large.
News source- Economic Times