SCANIA recently unveiled its new generation buses for city and suburban operations.
Leading with the Scania Citywide battery electric bus, the range will encompass buses for all fuel variants with the most comprehensive offer of alternative fuels in the market.
These buses will find good use in countries in Asia where there is a high demand for efficient Euro-spec engines and easy passenger loading especially for provincial terminal to city bus transfers. In the Philippines with the implementation of the provincial bus ban along EDSA, the use of these efficient battery powered buses can alleviate transportation woes.
“The new Scania Citywide range features lower fuel consumption, higher passenger capacity, better drivability, and vastly improved passenger and driver comfort,” Anna Carmo e Silva, Head of Buses and Coaches at Scania said.
“Our guiding light has been to design a bus for more space, light and cleanliness. To reverse global warming, it is crucial that buses offer all the comforts needed to convince more people to switch to public transport,” e Silva added.
The side-mounted engine placement of both the 7- and 9-litre engine, and the electric motor, on 12-metre low-floor city buses gives three extra seats behind the rear axle.
Further, the increased front axle load can give two extra seats. All in all, total passenger capacity has been raised to a maximum of approximately 100 depending of propulsion and layout.
Equipped with the 7-litre engine, the most common in city operations, fuel consumption has been lowered by 3–5 percent. Combined with enhanced gearbox performance, an additional 1–3 percent can be obtained. With the introduction of a start/stop function, the total reduction in diesel and biodiesel operation will be eight percent while the figure for gas buses will be up to 15 percent.
It has a completely new interior styling with light colors on roof and side panels. The side windows are larger and have higher ceiling line, which gives more natural light inside the bus.
The ceiling has increased in height and has side ceiling panels with a flat design, which improves both lighting and space experience in the passenger area. The broader aisle and indirect ceiling lighting throughout the bus will further add to the feeling of spaciousness and comfort. Passengers and drivers alike will also enjoy better airflow. Better space in the bus will benefit the passenger flow and thereby shorten idling time at bus stops.