The past six months HAVI Logistics in Italy have been testing one of the most requested transport solutions for years. Scania´s new 13-litre gas engine is a dream come true for operators with a strong focus on sustainable and more profitable business, and has all the hallmarks to be the benchmark in sustainable logistics.
The new gas engine carry out 410 hp and 2,000 Nm, a performance fully comparable to equally powerful diesel engines. With LNG (Liquefied natural gas) in the tanks a typical semitrailer with a gross train weight of 40 tonnes can handle almost 1,000 km before refuelling.
Daniele Celere, national transport manager for HAVI Logistics in Italy is full of praise for the technology in the new engine.
“We are absolutely delighted by the operational economy and consumption, which has allowed us to cut costs related to fuel without affecting the efficiency of our vehicles. When comparing the efficiency of this engine to the previous ones, we are very satisfied. The improvements are incredible,” he says.
But the truck with the new gas engine is also used for delivering food to McDonalds restaurants in the city centres of Rome, Milan, Florence and other Italian cities. Usually these deliveries are made at night-time or very early in the morning, when people are still asleep. A growing number of local city regulations put stringent limits to levels of CO2-emissions, as well as noise levels. With the new gas engine the field test truck is perfect, also for these sensitive urban operations.
“We need to reduce noise and emission levels and we have to be very fast in our deliveries. Using these gas trucks is a big step forward to reduce the impact of our deliveries,” Daniele Celere states.
Ines Kasumovic, Scania´s engineer based in northern Italy to follow and report on the field test, has noticed a huge demand for this type of engine in the market right now.
“The all-new 13 litre gas engine is our response to these demands. It´s an engine which is really good for both the environment and the customers economy,” she says.
“We have tested this truck with comparable gas trucks in HAVI´s fleet, going the same routes, with the same loads. And we have seen remarkable improvements in the fuel consumption.”
In her reports back to Scania´s Research and Development headquarter in Södertälje, Sweden, she also have reported the positive feedback from HAVI´s drivers, being able to work longer hours without getting tired due to the lower sound levels.
One of these drivers is Massimo Cardinali, chosen among 90 drivers to participate in Scania´s gas engine field test.
“It´s so quite in the cab, and I always feel relaxed and in good shape when I come home, after a day’s work,” he says.
In the slightly masked front of the truck a sign says the engine is 340 hp. Only Massimo, Inez and three specially selected service technicians from Scania have known that it´s a secret, new 410 hp gas engine.
“Sometimes I get questions from other truck drivers, who can´t understand how my heavy loaded truck can be so powerful. But, my lips are sealed,” Massimo says with a broad smile.
Nerio Zurli, Managing Director for HAVI Logistics in Italy, could talk for ever about the need for sustainable solutions in today´s transport industry.
“Sustainability is a key element of our company culture. It´s very important for us to reduce CO2-emissions and noise when we drive these big trucks in the city centers, with all the historical buildings and a lot of people living and working there. These new gas trucks from Scania will be a highly competitive advantage for Havi,” he explains.
“We have been collaborating with Scania for many years on Euro 6 gas trucks. With new engines, driver training, and continuously monitoring our deliveries in real time, we have been able to reduce the CO2 emissions in our operations with around 50 percent between 2015 and 2017.”
Participating in the 13-litre engine field test is only one piece of a partnership with Scania Nerio Zurli hopes will continue long into the future.
“Scania is one of the most important partners for us, especially as developer of new technologies for our business, and to me this collaboration is really something we can continue to build on for the future. A continuous reduction of emissions is a must for us, of course. And the collaboration with Scania is a big advantage for us.”
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