Scania launches two new 13-litre biogas engines

Commercial Motor
December 12, 2023

Available with 420hp and 460hp, Scania has launched two 13-litre biogas engines designed to be up to 5% more efficient.

The new powertrains borrow components from the latest Super diesel generation including the G25 gearboxes and axles. The engines improve upon the previous generation 13-litre gas units with more power and improved fuel economy. This biogas engine refresh has also been done in preparation to meet future regulatory requirements. 

Ola Henriksson, senior product manager for renewable fuels at Scania Trucks, said: “Biomethane fuels are the solution for those customers who want to start a decarbonisation journey without any delay. Our biogas engines cover a wide span of industries and applications. A 40-tonne tractor-and-trailer combination can achieve ranges of up to 1,800km when specified with the biggest Bio-LNG tank solutions that we offer. Add the 460hp and the 2,300Nm engine and you have a perfect tool for European long-haul.

“Just as the Super engine benefits from the increased spread in the G25 gearbox, so do the biogas engines. When paired with the Scania Opticruise gearbox and the new axles, the biogas engines can operate very close to their ‘sweet spot’ most of the time. Put together, it results in 5 percent fuel savings from this powertrain.”

Biogas can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% from well-to-wheel so Scania sees this fuel as a key step in decarbonising road freight. In the interim between phasing out diesel and switching to 100% carbon free fuels, biogas could be an important fuel. Gas refuelling infrastructure is growing across the UK and Europe due to greater demand. 

Henriksson added: “With the CO2 reductions, the driveability and the ranges we offer now, I’m convinced that more customers will recognise what a great solution this is. There are so many obvious pros and virtually no cons at all. And the driver can also enjoy a significantly lower noise level.”

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