Scania Aims for Euro 6 with EGR, and Misses the Point Entirely

I note with interest an interview with Scania’s R&D supremo Hasse Johansson in this month’s Transport Engineer, which indicates that the Swedish OEM will get to Euro 6 without recourse to SCR.

This is a pretty neat trick, given that – as far as I know - neither a date for the implementation of, nor a set of criteria for compliance with Euro 6 has yet been announced, but we’ll let that pass, pausing only to observe that he's going to look a tad silly if the BioFuel Nazis have their way and Brussels mandates Herring roe as the fuel of choice for the Brave New World. However, what is intriguing is Johansson’s assertion that Scania will need to have its act together by 2009 in order to make some hay.Now Johansson’s comments might, of course, be a mere case of micturating betwixt the scapula whilst offering concurrent advice of inclement weather, but, for shits and giggles, let’s say he’s not yanking our chain. Would a Euro 6-compliant EGR engine available some four years ahead of schedule be a good thing?Granted, SCR has all the elegance of a crank-fuelled bovine ballet: take an old engine, a new dustbin, combine the two and watch joy eruct – especially if you’re called Johnson Matthey - but for all that SCR is lacking in grace, it will inevitably pick up in favour as the AdBlue network becomes more prevalent. SCR is also – we’d surmise – a somewhat cheaper option at an OEM level than is the sort of EGR sorcery proposed by Scania.So will Scania scoop the pool at Euro 6? Can’t see it; an operator base used to SCR, with a group of OEMs in a position to go hard on pricing seems to suggest that the Swedes may end up with an overpriced solution to what will be – by then – a non-problem. Factor in low volumes, and this problem will get yet more pronounced. However, according to this article in the Japanese press, there are one or two OEMs in the East that have been caught short by increasingly harsh European engine legislation. The Japanese are likely come shopping for European R&D in both the car and the truck business in the coming months. Scania’s boast may serve simply to put it in the shop window once again.

Petit Forestier's big order for RVL

French-owned refrigerated vehicle rental specialist Petit Forestier has ordered 250 Mercedes Sprinter 3.5-tonne chassis-cabs bodied by Uckfield, Sussex, based RVL. They will be assigned to PF's 14 locations across the UK.

Each 3.5m-long two-compartment body is constructed from styrofoam-core panels, the 1.2mm-thick outer skin of which has a deep gelcoat top finish designed to enhance the aesthetics and complement the livery. Among the unusual features specified by PF are vertical stainless steel guard rails designed to prevent damage to the top front corners of the body, typically from low hanging tree branches.

Revised capping rails are said to have reduced body weight by about 10kg compared with RVL's earlier design, while also improving appearance. A counterbalanced folding aluminium rear entry step, in place of the galvanised steel step fitted previously, has saved another 7kg, says RVL. An over-cab EuroFrigo C250 fridge unit is specified.