Government supports the action
Scania Chile introduced natural gas fueled solutions for urban transportation
Last week, as part of an event held at the Embassy of Sweden in Santiago, the automaker unveiled a garbage truck, the P310, which is the first of its kind in Latin America that operates on CNG or biomethane, together with the 270 K bus, which entirely runs on methane.
The ceremony led by Swedish Ambassador in Chile Eva Zetterberg, Scania Chile general manager Silvio Munhoz and AutoGasco general manager Manuel José Bennet, was also attended by the Minister of Environment, María Ignacia Benítez. Officials from some municipalities across the Metropolitan Region, public sector managers, businessmen and journalists took part in the event as well.
The new vehicles unveiled have not been modified to operate on natural gas but were designed to be entirely powered by this energy option. The NGVs also meet environmental controls, just like the EEV standard, which is stricter than the Euro V. The P310 truck
, which was exhibited for the first time in the country last March, emits up to 90% less CO2 when using biomethane.
The official presentation of the new range of solutions took place as result of cooperation between Scania Chile and the Embassy of Sweden. A strategic alliance with distributor Autogasco was also announced in order to ensure the provision of natural gas.
According to data published by the website Nación.cl, Munhoz said: "We are confident that Scania can represent a concrete contribution to push transport projects aimed at the direction of an ecological and economical solution, such as the Scania Ecolution program. To achieve this goal, we think it is essential to gather wills from both public and private sectors, and pave way for measures focused on better incentives for those involved."