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Scania receives ethanol buses order in Sao Paulo

ABR Staff Writer Published 29 November 2010

Scania, a manufacturer of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, has become part of the Brazilian public transport system with the order of ethanol buses from Sao Paulo out of which the first 50 buses will go into service in May 2011.

Scania is receiving the ethanol bus order after a few years of field trials in Sao Paulo, coordinated by experts with links to the University of Sao Paulo and with participation by ethanol suppliers, bus bodybuilders, operators and Sao Paulo transport authorities.

The new Scania buses will operate in Sao Paulo, where transport authority SPTrans is aiming at an initial fleet of 200 ethanol buses and all buses will be manufactured in Brazil.

Chassis assembly will take place at the company's production unit in Sao Paulo and bodywork will be done by a local company.

Scania Brazil head of sales of buses and coaches Wilson Pereira said, since the supply of biogas is limited, ethanol will be the dominant bio-fuel.

This means there is very large potential for Scania, which is the only manufacturer of heavy-duty buses with ethanol-powered engines, Pereira said.

Scania SVP and head of buses and coaches Melker Jernberg said, the use of ethanol as a vehicle fuel is the best example of what can be done here and now in sustainable development work.

Ethanol accounts for 90% of the renewable fuel available in the world, by delivering ethanol buses to Sao Paulo, Scania is helping to strengthen Brazil’s leading position in reducing climate impact, Jernberg said.