• Erika Sundell

Scania drives the shift towards a sustainable transport system in Thailand

Breaking News December 17, 2018 17:16

By The Nation

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Scania is accelerating to sustainable transportation system by offering the solution to fuel energy efficiency, alternative fuels and responsible business, said Erika Sundell, head of sustainability of Scania Siam, recently at EV Tech Forum 2018 in Bangkok’s BITEC.



“We want to drive the shift to a sustainable transport system. The system that is energy efficient, smart, safe and running on alternative fuels or electricity,” Sundell, who is in charge of Sustainability Transportation System program, added.

 “The coming 5-10 years are critical to really start shifting from the use of traditional diesel engines to a new solution that is low carbon or even fossil free,” according to Scania’s press statement.

The conference has shed some light on sustainable transportation and the future of “car culture”. Sustainable transportation, for example, has evolved to take a variety of forms, encompassing anything from the transformation of fuel technology to electric vehicle (EV) to a vehicle with auto-pilot application which the artificial intelligence can drive to a destination.

The statement said following the Paris Agreement on reaching zero carbon emission on commercial transport by 2050, Scania initiated an own study of fossil-free pathways for commercial transport. Most of the technology is already available, but the road to a fossil-free society has to wait for the infrastructure. While waiting for the future to come, Scania takes every step possible to move closer to fossil-free and sustainable transport.

The Swedish commercial transport manufacturer offers the widest range of ready-to-go gas, hybrid, bioethanol, biodiesel and HVO engines that qualify Euro 6 requirements. The smart engine is economical, reduce emissions and increase performance.

“When it comes to the sustainable transportation system, we at Scania focus on two areas - sustainable transport and responsible business,” added Sundell, who talked about “Achieving Fossil Free Transportation by 2050” at the EV Tech Forum. “To generate sustainable transport, we build and deliver heavy trucks, buses and vehicles to be energy efficient. They can run on biofuels or electricity and thus, reducing pollution and increasing profitability for customers. The responsible business, on the other hand, is about Scania’s operation. We make sure that we use resources efficiently and create a positive effect on our people and the society around us. We believe that this is key to a sustainable and profitable business.”

Scania Siam has provided products and services in Thailand for 32 years, delivering trucks, buses and coaches and engines to Thai customers. More than 500 of Scania’s trucks, ranging from lightweight P Series to G Series design for long haulage to premium R Series, were sold last year. In addition to positive growth, more than 140 buses and coaches were also sold last year. With positive expanding of logistics and transportation industry in Thailand and the region, Scania will be opening its assembly plant in Thailand’s Samut Prakan province in the first quarter of 2019.

“Our next step is to bring more gas vehicles to Thailand because we see great opportunities for that. They can run both on natural gas and biogas and the engines Euro6, meaning cleaner air for Thai people,” said Erika.

Community engagement is one of Scania’s sustainability focus areas.

“We have local engagements all around the world with vocational training, education for women and re-forestation. In Thailand we have planted mangrove trees and supported the school,” added Erika.

What’s more, Scania Siam takes a step further by offering driver training and coaching to drivers. As a result, customers have been able to see tangible results in improved driver habits, a noted increase in fuel efficiency, fewer accidents on the road and an improvement in uptime.

 

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