Scania continues to rack up green truck awards

Five in a row for Swedish maker in truck comparison test

Scania continues to rack up green truck awards
Scania is a five-time 'green truck' winner


For the fifth year running, Scania has won Germany’s coveted ‘Green Truck’ title.

The press test competition is organised by two leading German trade magazines and over the years has become something of a world championship in transport efficiency for long-distance trucks.

"The words that come to me are: ‘total success’ and ‘customer value’," senior VP and head of Scania Trucks Stefan Dorski says. 

"Winning this test five years in a row is a feat that should not be possible, yet we’ve still done it.

"I see it as the ultimate proof of how Scania’s powertrain technology supports our customers in their constant efforts to reach the best total operating economy." 

‘Green Truck’ is organised by the German trade magazines 'Trucker' and 'Verkehrs-Rundschau', and the 2021 test was no less strenuous than those of previous years.

The organisers stipulated a gross train weight of 32 tonnes and up to 430hp for the trucks that took on the 360km test track north of Munich.

This year Scania entered an R 410 prime mover that managed to score a test result that left the rest of the field behind: the truck’s average consumption was measured at 23.53 litres per 100 km, while Scania also managed the highest average speed, reaching 80.60 km/h. 

The testing is rigorously monitored and takes place on public roads with a mix of highways and rural roads.

Conditions that can influence the results, such as traffic and weather, are compensated for by the use of a reference truck.

All the trucks have the same brand of tyres, with the same wear and pressure.  

"Being able to offer the most efficient trucks is not only part of Scania’s DNA and something we always strive for; it is also extremely important for fighting climate change and reaching our ambitious science-based targets," Dorski says.

"Although electrification is on its way, we need the most efficient combustion engines to reach the Paris Agreement targets, something Scania is committed to."

Scania considers press tests to be a highly significant factor in its development process. It is also of huge importance for potential truck buyers, since press tests and the evaluations that independent journalists do are actually the most relevant consumer information available on the market.

"Some people might think that press test trucks are ‘prepared’ or somehow produced on purpose; they are not," explains Dorski.

"They are regular production trucks, just like the ones our customers can order. They are admittedly well kept and well maintained, but I recommend that all truck owners do so.

"The really great thing about ‘Green Truck’ and other press tests is that these winners from Scania are the same breed of trucks that our customers use in their daily operations."

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Meanwhile, figures from the European Commission confirm that Scania is by far the best among the heavy vehicle manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions.

Statistics were revealed on emissions from new trucks for each heavy vehicle manufacturer registered in the Union from July 2019 to June 2020. 

In the report, Scania is best in class in terms of energy efficiency and low emissions, 4.7 per cent below the limit set by the EU. 

"The CO2 figures published by the EU show that there is a clear market leader in fuel consumption – Scania," Scania senior advisor at product planning Henrik Wentzel says.

"These figures are based on certified testing of components and trucks and reflect Scania's unique and long-term work with aerodynamics and driveline.

"The advantage of the certified CO2 values that the EU publishes is that everyone has to try and calculate in the same way - this is the fairest way available to compare emissions between manufacturers."


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