Scania ethanol powered city bus entered trial runs - Press Release
Scania hands over the first ever ethanol driven city bus in India for
trial run to Nagpur Municipal Corporation
Nagpur, August 22nd, 2014: Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt Ltd, a leading commercial
vehicles and engines manufacturer, today handed over India’s first ethanol-fuelled city bus to
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for trial run in Nagpur. Mr. Anders Grundströmer,
Managing Director, Scania Commercial Vehicles India and Senior Vice President, Scania Group
and Mr. Sivakumar V, Director - Sales, Scania Commercial Vehicles India handed over the bus
keys to Shri Nitin Gadkari, Honourable Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping
and Rural Development, Government of India in the presence of Shri Sanjay Gangopadhyaya,
Jt. Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Prof. Shri Anil Sole, Mayor, Nagpur City
and Shri Shyam Wardhane, Commissioner, NMC. The key hand over was followed by the flag-
off of the bus by Shri Nitin Gadkari in the presence of NMC officials.
Expressing his thoughts over the handover, Mr. Anders Grundströmer said, “We are delighted
and proud to be able to venture this unique initiative along with the NMC. This represents an
important step towards our common goal, the realization of energy-efficient and sustainable
public transportation solutions in India. We have expertise and experience with ethanol run
buses for more than 20 years. We view ethanol as the future for public transport. The use of
ethanol as a vehicle fuel is the best example of what can be done here and now in sustainable
development work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution.”
There is now a growing interest in ethanol-operated vehicles. In recent years, Scania has also
delivered ethanol buses for commercial service in Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Norway
and other countries. Ethanol accounts for around 90 percent of renewable vehicle fuels
available in the world today and can be sourced locally, which will reduce the need for import of
oil. It is the most cost-effective biofuel in the market in terms of availability, infrastructure and
accessibility. Compared to a conventional diesel engine, ethanol-powered vehicles can reduce
fossil carbon dioxide emissions by up to 90 percent. Ethanol also offers the best operating
radius of the currently available renewable fuels for city center and urban operations.
"Public transport on ethanol buses is a cost effective way of reducing several of the city's
environmental problems. The solutions we are now developing create the necessary
preconditions for both more attractive forms of travel and also better living conditions in city
centers, without requiring major investments in new infrastructure. With this ethanol bus we also
introduce an engine complying with Bharat stage 5, which is a huge step to minimize emissions
further. Biofuel is the sustainable solution for urban public transport here and now," Mr. Anders
Scania has delivered ethanol buses for more than 20 years to countries around the globe with
successful operational and environmental results. Ethanol fuel has much lower CO2 emissions
compared to a diesel engine. The technology is mature and viable for intense everyday city
service, as verified by bus operators in cities all over the world.
In India, Scania buses & trucks have been specially designed to meet local conditions and
customer requirements, and are backed by world class service network and dealership in the
country. Scania has also gained a strong foothold with several new customers across the
country for both trucks and buses and is working on delivering high quality transportation
solutions and services for India. Customers are highly appreciative of the value add that Scania
solutions bring to their fleet with an unbeatable Total Operating Economy (TOE).
Scanias major focus is on changing the way India views transportation by bringing in new and
innovative technologies through constant R&D in India followed by entry into a wide range of
industries and segments. The ethanol bus is one step towards achieving this objective.
Scania has been represented in the Indian market since 2007, when a partnership was initiated with
Larsen & Toubro (L&T). L&T has successfully established Scania’s trucks and services and has
developed a close partnership with customers in the off-road segment. L&T currently operates about 11
Scania service workshops at various mining sites in the country and continues to be a trusted partner for
off road including mining trucks.
In 2011, Scania established the company Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd. in order to boost its
presence through sales to additional segments of the Indian commercial vehicle market. Since then
Scania has launched a range of on-road haulage truck models specially adapted for the Indian market-
the R 500 6x4, the G 460 6x4 and the G 410 6x2 and also the off-road P 410 8x4 mining tipper.
In the beginning of 2013 Scania launched a new bus range, especially for the Indian market. The new bus
range is purpose-designed for luxury intercity or charter travels. Scania also launched the company’s
engines range in India. Scania has been establishing a network of dealers across the south and western
regions of India covering its business areas to support the customers with the best parts and service
The company inaugurated its Industrial Facility in Narasapura in October 2013. With an investment of Rs.
250 crores, this facility will serve as the centre of the company’s commercial operations in the country.
Scania’s ambition is to sell about 2,500 trucks and 1,000 buses per year in the Indian market within the
next five years and employ about 800 people at this facility.
The industrial operation at the factory currently consists of final assembly of trucks with bodywork and will
shortly begin with the building of complete buses with bodywork. The service workshop and a central
parts warehouse, is housed at the same site.
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