November 9, 2007 Stockholm Transport (SL) is taking delivery of 10 Scania buses featuring the company's third generation of ethanol engines - technology which can cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 90 per cent compared to conventional diesel motors.
Public transport buses in central Stockholm have only run on ethanol or biogas for a number of years – including some 400 Scania ethanol buses – and from 2010 onward, SL has decided to buy only buses that operate on renewable fuels.
The transport company for bus traffic in central Stockholm on behalf of SL, Busslink, has more than 15 years’ experience of ethanol buses and today has a fleet of 330 ethanol buses in operation.
“The ethanol buses contribute strongly to lower emissions from public transport in Stockholm. They are also an economically viable alternative to diesel buses in terms of operating cost and reliability,” said Per Wikström Vice President and Environmental Director of Busslink in conjunction with the presentation of the keys to the first bus.
Scania’s new ethanol engines already meet the European Union’s Euro 5 emission standards - which become mandatory in 2009 - and the even tighter EEV standards without exhaust aftertreatment. Their technology is based on exhaust gas recirculation (EGR).
Scania was recently selected as a “preferred supplier” by the Clinton Climate Initiative, CCI, with the public transport system in Stockholm regarded as a model for the rest of the 40 cities that cooperate within the framework of CCI.