The first three liquefied natural gas (LNG) Scania R 410 trucks arrived to Lithuania. “Scania Lietuva” introduced them to one of the largest European transport companies – “Girteka Logistics”. More than 2500 Scania LNG trucks are already driving on European roads, but the Lithuanian transport company is acquiring them for the first time.
“The success of these trucks on the market is guaranteed by environmental friendliness, efficiency and safety of technologies. Due to these characteristics and the ability to cover a distance of up to 1200 km with full tanks, today the LNG trucks are the most attractive and stable solution for cargo transportation and are likely to remain such for a long time. On the market there is no other attractive operational alternative to diesel that could meet the needs of carriers”, - says Mr. Darius Snieška, the Regional Director of “Scania Lietuva”.
The gas engines have the lowest environmental impact in comparison with all other types of internal combustion engines. If compared to diesel engines, CO2 emissions are reduced by 15 per cent when using natural gas, and by 90 per cent when using biogas.
They are quiet and, therefore, are ideal for delivering goods in urban areas, especially at night, when noise restrictions are applied.
LNG fuel is cheaper than diesel, and its average consumption is lower. The Estonian company “Alexela”, which has also purchased the first Scania LNG trucks this year, estimated that it will save 20.000 euros per year only on fuel. According to the company, LNG trucks consume 34-38 per cent less fuel than the diesel ones.
In addition, the liquefied natural gas is less dangerous because it ignites only at a temperature twice as high as temperature at which diesel fuel ignites. Moreover, methane is the major component of LNG; so the gas, being lighter than air, rises quickly into the air and disperse therein, so it becomes non-explosive and non-toxic. Even in the event of an accident, it’s highly doubtful that LNG will ignite, because it is protected by a shock-resistant thick tanks made of a double stainless steel.
Due to technological advantages, LNG solutions are gaining more attention of both carriers and infrastructure developers. In Europe, there are already 230 LNG filling stations. Most of them are located in Italy, Spain and France, where their number varies from several tens to fifty. In the Baltic states, the first public LNG filling station has been opened this year in Estonia.
“Scania R 410” delivered to Lithuania are the first LNG-powered vehicles. Nevertheless, the national enterprises are already familiar with the gas vehicles. Since the last year, Scania CNG truck has been tested. And this year this technology is used by one of the largest Lithuanian garbage pickup and recycling companies, which operates the Eco-friendly garbage truck.
(Prepared according to “Scania Lietuva” information)