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Scania's new ethanol engine makes it easier for fleet operators to go green

Truck manufacturer Scania has launched a new 13-litre ethanol engine for the next generation of trucks. Swedish biofuels company SEKAB, expects the engine to increase demand for bioethanol ED95, making it easier for fleet operators to lower their carbon emissions.
"If more trucks run on ED95, it is a win-win for both the environment and the climate. When Scania offers a stronger ethanol engine, we expect an increase in demand for ED95", says Sofia Winternell, Sales Manager at SEKAB for ED95.

A Scania R 410 4×2 box semi-trailer (photo courtesy Gustav Lindh/Scania).

In May this year, Sweden-headed truck, bus and engine manufacturer Scania launched a new 410 hp Euro 6 compliant ethanol (ED95) engine for long-distance applications. Since then the engine has been touted by the company along with its other alternative fuel offerings to hauliers and fleet operators at major trade shows such as Elmia Lastbil in Jönköping, Sweden and most recently at IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover, Germany

This ethanol engine is ideal for several areas of use and works perfectly for long-distance as well as facility driving. The engine runs on ED95 that lowers CO₂ emissions with up to 90 percent, compared to fossil diesel. Our engines also have significantly lower emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) as well as particulates (PM) than the Euro 6 standard requires, said Wolfgang Buschan, Product Director, Long Haulage Trucks, at Scania.

The engine is equally efficient running on ED95 as it would have been running on diesel, but with only a fraction of the emissions. SEKAB’s ED95 is manufactured at the company’s biorefinery in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The biofuel contains 95 percent ethanol and five percent ignition improver and lubricants.

This additive enables the engine to function according to the diesel principle with compression ignition and is used in trucks and buses with adapted engines. That means that ED95 gives a guaranteed transition to sustainable transports as the truck will always refuel using biofuels.

SEKAB’s chemical plant where technical ethanol and ethanol derived chemicals are produced.

According to SEKAB, ethanol is by far the most used liquid biofuel in the world with more than 70 percent of the global biofuels market, and the company is working actively to make ED95 even more accessible to fleet operators.

If more trucks run on ED95, it is a win-win for both the environment and the climate. When Scania offers a stronger ethanol engine, we expect an increase in demand for ED95, said Sofia Winternell, Sales Manager for ED95 at SEKAB.

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