Scania unveils first bi-articulated Euro 6 gas bus
Scania has unveiled the world’s first bi-articulated Euro 6 gas bus with an impressive capacity for 250 passengers.
The 26m long, front-engine bi-articulated F340 HA 8×2 bus was developed in collaboration with the Colombian bus bodybuilder Busscar de Colombia.
Scania already has its largest Euro 6 gas bus fleet in the Colombian city of Cartagena, and their capacity for high-altitude operations without loss of power and torque has been verified through independent tests.
“This large bus is specially designed for mobility-enhancing bus rapid transit (BRT) systems and each bus can actually replace 125 cars – with two passengers in each – on congested urban roads,” said Rutger Hörndahl, product manager for BRT at Scania Buses and Coaches.
“The efficient gas powered engine will help decrease energy consumption and reduce urban pollution.”
Gas operations can significantly reduce particulate matter emissions and, when operated with biogas, carbon emissions can be reduced by up to 90% compared with conventional diesel.
Carbon emissions are also slightly lower when using natural gas, and gas operations have the added advantage of a substantially lower noise level.
Scania is convinced that the bi-articulated bus will be of increasing interest to cities around the world as they now address urban pollution and reducing their carbon footprint.