An autonomy of 1 196 km for the Scania GNL
LNG, a viable solution for trucks
In comparisson with NGV, liquefied natural gas has a better autonomy on the road. Indeed, Scania explains that a vehicle using LNG can reach an autonomy of 1100km when it is only 300 or 400 km with NGV. LNG is a combination of natural gas condensed into liquid (mainly made of methane). When the gas reaches the temperature of -161°C at atmospheric pressure, it becomes liquid, transparent, light, odourless and non toxic.
The filling of a LNG tank requires a protection against cryogenic cold. The liquefied gas should be handled with gloves and mask. The liquefied natural gas produces 27% less CO2 emissions than fuel.
A conclusive test on Scania LNG trucks
The Scania truck test took place on a 1200km journey made of 70% motorway and 30% country roads. Equipped with a 9-liter, double tank engine delivering 340HP, the Scania LNG truck has a GVWR of 34 tonnes. This truck drove on 1 200 km with 345 kilos of gas. On 100 kilometres, the truck uses 28 kilos of gas at an average speed of 74 km/h. With an autonomy of 1 196 km, a liquefied gas filling is close to a diesel filling. The liquefied gas reduces the noise level, this is ideal for urban deliveries.
Scania confirms their pioneer in terms of conversion to clean fuels.