Austrian haulier Nothegger Transport has ordered 220 trucks from Scania with biodiesel engines which meet Euro 6 requirements and are designed for 100-percent biodiesel operation.
This major order follows the introduction of Scania’s 13-litre 450 hp engine, which meets Euro 6 standard for biodiesel operation.
“This is both an exciting and prestigious order,” says Christopher Podgorski, Senior Vice President Trucks at Scania. “Scania has invested more than any other manufacturer in being able to offer both breadth and depth in its range of Euro 6 engines. This is clear evidence that we have correctly assessed customers’ needs.”
Nothegger has ordered the 2-axle tractors, intended primarily for long-haulage, as well as 3-axle rigid trucks. The company has also signed a Scania repair and maintenance contract for all of the 220 vehicles ordered.
In Austria, there is a tax incentive to use biodiesel as well as lower prices at the filling stations. Despite the somewhat lower energy content in biodiesel and increased maintenance requirements, Nothegger expects to be able to cut its operating costs. At a total distance driven of 150,000 kilometres per year, the annual saving could be about EUR 4,000 per truck.
The Austrian transport company Nothegger Transport maintains operations across 13 sites, including in countries such as Italy and Slovakia. The company offers scheduled services and extensive distribution of fruit and vegetables.
The haulier, which was founded in 1992, operates about 750 trucks and has a prominent environmental profile with the objective of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions.
“We are honoured to know that automotive engineering, distribution efficiency and quality of service at Scania were the decisive factors for Nothegger in this deal,” says Christian Teichmann, MD for Scania Österreich.
About Scania’s biodiesel range
Scania is now continuing its promised introduction of additional Euro 6-certified engines designed for 100-percent biodiesel. In October 2013, Scania introduced its robust 9-litre five-cylinder, biodiesel engine in two different output versions, 320 hp and 360 hp, and these are now being followed by the 13-litre engine that Nothegger has chosen. The 13-litre, inline six engines will be available both in 450 hp and 490 hp versions with SCR and EGR aftertreatment systems.
Scania will continue to introduce additional biodiesel engines with more output levels and size categories. All of Scania’s Euro 6-certified diesel engines are, even in their basic versions, certified for biodiesel blends of up to 10 percent.
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