Scania aims to drive sustainable mobility in rapidly growing cities with the clever, cost-efficient bus systems offered through its bus, coach and services offering.
Efficient public transport is essential for sustainable cities. Future mobility requires an understanding of the complexity of urban planning, as well as solutions that both increase bus use and decrease operating costs.
Scania’s services and solutions for public transport are tailored for all urban centres, including emerging markets and fast-growing smaller to medium-sized cities that are just developing their infrastructure. With bus solutions typically less expensive than a tram or subway, Scania’s approach is to prioritise cost and CO2 efficiency, as well as user-friendliness, quietness and safety.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems are the most cost-effective way of serving growing populations. Bus Systems by Scania include a toolbox that combines biofuel-ready engines, power electrification and bus systems. We can provide full-scale BRT solutions that transport 50,000 passengers per hour and per direction, as well as systems for lower capacities.
Our turnkey solutions include vehicles, automatic fare collection systems, fleet management systems, and consultancy services for improving traffic flow and the development of infrastructure investments, as well as vehicle service and maintenance. Starting in 2015, the city of Accra in Ghana will launch its 250-bus BRT system, which is fully supported by Scania.
Buses on the road
In cooperation with Belgian bus builder Van Hool, Scania in 2014 introduced the high-end gas-propelled Exqui.City. Meanwhile, a pilot scheme involving buses running on biogas was launched in Brazil. In the same year, the Scania Citywide LE was launched. The vehicle’s Euro 6 powertrain can run on up to 100-percent biodiesel.
Our collaborative approach includes working with city planners to better understand traffic flows and how a shift to bus systems can be achieved. Importantly, public transport needs to be appealing, and we are engaged in discussions regarding how to trigger a societal shift towards public transport and how to make such systems more attractive to bus riders.
As part of its growth strategy, Scania aims to nearly double sales of buses by 2020. Sales of buses currently represent eight percent of net sales.
Sustainability around the world
In a major city like Jakarta, gridlock is all too common – and convincing more people to commute by bus i crucial. Comfortable, reliable Scania buses are part of the attraction. During 2015, the first of more than 100 Scania gas buses were introduced on the downtown No. 1 bus system corridor. The shift from running old diesel engines, to the much cleaner Euro 6 gas buses has been a major step towards cleaner and healthier air for the city of Jakarta. And on top of that, the comfortable Scania buses immediately became so popular that passengers would rather let other buses go by to wait for a Scanias bus. Through positive word of mouth from passengers, more people are moving from their own private vehicles to public transportation.
The search for the right provider of sustainable transport solutions begins with finding proven expertise. With existing successful low-emission solutions running in multiple cities around the world – Cartagena selected Scania as the exclusive provider for the two trunk lines of the the city’s Bus Rapid system. With 147 Scania Euro 6 gas buses, Cartagena is the first city in Colombia with a Bus Rapid Transit system running on gas. And combined with Scania Fleet Management system providing real-time data in areas such as fuel-consumption, routes taken, service needs and driver behaviour, Cartagena is on pace to set a new benchmark for sustainable transport in Colombia.
Why a bus system?
Flexible.?Cities grow, change and require maintenance. That’s why flexibility is so important, enabling routes to be changed temporarily and permanently – quickly, and in a cost-effective way.
Fast to implement.?While rail-bound transportation modes require lots of time to develop, and often can’t keep up with changing demands, bus transportation is far more responsive – a huge advantage in city-planning.
Sustainable.?For today’s growing cities, sustainable, clean, low-carbon transport is a prerequisite. However, the exact solution differs between cities – for many cities, replacing diesel with locally-produced biofuels is the fastest route to cleaner transport.
Mobility by default.?Bus systems are designed to maximise mobility. Typical features are:
- Seamless transportation – dedicated lanes ensure smooth and efficient travel, free from delays by traffic congestion.
- High passenger flow – enabled by optimised vehicles, smart ticketing systems and effective bus stations.
- Flexibility – as the urban landscape and its needs changes, bus systems are easy to adjust to meet both present and future challenges, contrary to rail-bound traffic modes.
Cost-efficient.?Compared to rail-bound transportation, bus systems are not only more flexible and quicker to? implement – they are far more cost-efficient as well. A full-scale BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system costs 1/4 of an equivalent tram or light rail system to implement, and only 1/20th of a metro line.