Scania is to deliver 140 buses for public transport in Kristiansand, south-west of the Norwegian capital Oslo. The delivery includes Scania Fleet Care, a service in which Scania takes full responsibility for repair and maintenance of the fleet. All of the buses can run on biodiesel and 70 of them have hybrid technology, making it Scania’s largest single delivery of hybrid vehicles to date.
“This is an example of Scania’s wide range of sustainable transport solutions,” says Karin Rådström, Senior Vice President and head of Buses and Coaches at Scania.
“We’re not focusing on one solution, but many, which has helped us to fulfil the customer’s requirements.”
The delivery includes Scania Citywide LE Suburban Hybrid, Scania Citywide LE Suburban and Scania Higer A30 buses, each in a range of specifications. All buses can run on biodiesel. The buses will go into service in July 2018 and will be operated by transport company Boreal Buss, on behalf of the public transport operator Agder Kollektivtrafikk. Boreal Buss already operates 170 Scania buses in Norway.
The deal also includes a seven-year contract for Scania’s repair and maintenance programme Fleet Care. Fleet Care improves total fleet utilisation, provides better cost control and can also have a positive impact on cash flow. Scania’s engineers and technicians continuously diagnose and plan preventive action, thereby minimising disruptions in the transport flow.
In addition to being Scania’s biggest order for hybrid buses yet, the order is also Norsk Scania’s biggest bus order yet. Norsk Scania, Scania’s subsidiary in Norway, has 45 service points across the country. The company employs some 1,000 people, mainly in the service business.
Scania is a world-leading provider of transport solutions. Together with our partners and customers we are driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. In 2016, we delivered 73,100 trucks, 8,300 buses as well as 7,800 industrial and marine engines to our customers. Net sales totalled nearly SEK 104 billion, of which about 20 percent were services-related. Founded in 1891, Scania now operates in more than 100 countries and employs some 46,000 people. Research and development are concentrated in Sweden, with branches in Brazil and India. Production takes place in Europe, Latin America and Asia, with regional production centres in Africa, Asia and Eurasia. Scania is part of Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH.