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Scania introduces a 410 hp ethanol engine for long-distance applications

Scania, the Sweden-headed engine, bus and truck manufacturer has introduced another alternative fuel engine option for the new truck generation and Euro 6 – a 410 hp ethanol engine for long-distance applications.“With this engine, we’ve just added another ace in our hand of sustainable solutions, which is the most diverse in the industry,” said Henrik Eng, Product Director, Urban, Scania Trucks.

Scania has introduced a 410 hp ethanol Euro 6 compliant engine alternative with power and fuel consumption equal to its diesel counterpart for long distance applications (photo courtesy Scania).

According to Scania, the new ethanol engine delivers 2,150 Nm, equal to that of its diesel sibling, and the fuel consumption is also on a par with a conventional diesel engine. The foundation was built by Scania’s 13-litre inline six engine. It uses compression ignition similar to conventional diesel engines, which limits the need for hardware modifications.

The more significant changes made to the engine are related to the fuel injection system and modified cylinders for increased compression. The same SCR after treatment is used that Scania applies in nearly all its Euro 6 engines.

Ethanol is the most readily available renewable fuel in the world and can easily be produced locally in many countries. Scania’s ethanol engines operate on ED95, an ethanol grade that includes five percent ignition improver and lubricants. This additive enables the engine to function according to the diesel principle with compression ignition.

In addition to helping to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 90 percent if using a bioethanol, the ethanol engine also has positive impacts on NOx and particulate (PM) emissions compared to diesel.

Regardless of market, industry or application, Scania can always offer at least one additional economically-viable sustainable solution. The bioethanol engine is ideal for several applications and will perform excellently in both construction tippers and long-distance tractors, said Eng.

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