Know Your Truck
Scania has completed its ‘new truck generation’ unveiling with the covers flung from urban and additional low-carbon transport solutions.
"With today’s release, Scania comprehensively sets the stage for the necessary shift towards sustainable transport, offering tailored low-carbon trucks for all transport applications," Christian Levin, executive vice president of sales and marketing, says.
Scania claims fuel savings of up to 10 per cent as the lighter trucks are powered by the new 7-litre engine.
The Scania DC07, developed with Cummins, comes in three power levels – 220, 250 and 280hp (164, 186 and 208kw) – from inline sixes.
"Characteristics such as a 360-kilogram reduction in weight and a significant reduction in fuel consumption meet the needs for sustainable transport solutions typical of growing cities," product director, urban Henrik Eng says.
New cabs are a feature of the final unveiling.
The L-series is Scania’s newly developed cab range for urban transport, such as distribution, refuse collection and maintenance, with the focus on improved direct vision of the surroundings.
"Drivers will also be at the same height as other road users, with the added advantage of improved working conditions when repeatedly entering and exiting the cab," the firm says.
"The Scania L-series features a kneeling mode and lower boarding steps on both sides of the cab. Drivers can also take advantage of the space in front of the engine tunnel to exit on the passenger side, thereby avoiding oncoming traffic."
With its more compact dimensions, the new P-series cab can feature a lower engine tunnel, which opens up interior.
And the new P-based ‘CrewCab’ comes in two sizes
There is also the City Safe Window design to help keep pedestrians and cyclists in sight.
The window on the passenger side door is available for all P- and L-series cabs, those most common in urban transport, as well as for the CrewCab.
"Since Scania’s new CrewCab will mainly be used by firefighters, it has been specifically tailored for emergency assignments, keeping both ergonomics and safety in mind. For extra safety, there is an option for up to four roll over side-curtain airbags," the truckmaker says.
"The CrewCab accommodates up to eight passengers with a high level of safety and comfort, which includes a separate climate system with its own heating for the crew area."
Adding to its renewable fuels and hybrid offerings, Scania’s has introduced a six-cylinder 13-litre gas engine specifically designed for regional and long-haulage operations.
For a 40-tonne truck-and-trailer combination with tanks for liquefied gas, it says the range has been extended to 1,100km. In parallel, Scania also releases a 9-litre gas engine for the new truck generation.
"Throughout development, our aim has been to ensure the best possible driveability," explains Folke Fritzson, senior engineer at Scania R&D and part of the team developing Scania’s gas engines.
"The performance and characteristics should correspond to that of a modern diesel engine."
Scania’s gas engines are based on stoichiometric combustion – complete combustion of both fuel and oxygen. Similar to a petrol engine, the combustion is initiated by spark plugs. The pre-mixing of the fuel takes place upon entry into the cylinders.
This all marks the end of a long unveiling operation
"Replacing and upgrading Scania’s entire global offering has been a fantastic experience," Scania Trucks Senior Vice President Alexander Vlaskamp, says.
"It’s a real pleasure to be able to introduce the world’s most modern and sustainable transport solutions, and there is an incredible amount of work behind it all to ensure that everything is in place and on time."
Truck Assist | Restorations
Barry Blomeley has been coming back to Royan’s every day for 13 years; initially as an estimator, but these days he’s the Branch Manager.
“I prefer the role of Manager,” says Barry, who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the business and managing his talent pool of close to 40, detail oriented, paint and bodywork specialists.
“The most challenging part of my role is internal relationships and people management,” says Barry. “There are a lot of personalities and you have to treat everybody differently.”
The most fulfilling part?
“Learning those personalities. Once you’ve got that, it’s pretty cool from there on in.”
But it isn’t just the people side of management that Barry enjoys. He also gets a kick out of the end results that come from the skill and commitment his team.
“The best part is seeing the end results of a difficult job, or jobs that are totally out of the square for us – especially with something like the 1946 K5 we’re working on for NTI.”
“We typically don’t concentrate on heritage restoration work. It engulfs hours that you just can’t charge out,” explains Barry.
When asked about the advancements in truck builds and automated technology, Barry says “trucks are a better product these days; they offer a better ride. They are more ‘car like’, but to go down that track, they have to be made from materials that aren’t repairable. They are a different construction.”
“Newer trucks get to a stage where they aren’t repairable, whereas an older model – say 20 years older, with a similar cab, in a similar crash – may be repairable. There’s a lot of replacement work on newer trucks, especially with the plastics.
“But newer trucks are a lot more comfortable, and much more driver friendly. Driving a truck isn’t the same these days as it used to be. The older trucks took a lot more of a beating than the new ones would. A lot of the operational side is easier these days in terms of gear shifts etcetera. They are a lot more comfortable, and more driver friendly.”
All things considered though, Barry’s thoughts are best summed up with one jovial statement.
“The best truck you can buy is a brand new one!”
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