Scania India introduces ethanol-fuelled city bus in NMC

Earlier today, Scania Commercial Vehicles India handed over India’s first ethanol-fuelled city bus to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for a trial run. The trial run spans three months and involves 5 buses during which Scania will bear fuel, staff and maintenance costs. Following a key hand over, the bus was flagged off by Shri Nitin Gadkari.

Scania ethanol bus IndiaAnders Grundströmer expressed delight in venturing into this one of a kind project with NMC that works towards realisation of energy-efficient and sustainable public transportation solutions here. Scania’s expertise and experience with ethanol run buses spans over 20 years. The company views ethanol as the future for public transport. Ethanol as a vehicle fuel is a sustainable solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution.

Scania has also delivered ethanol buses for commercial service in Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Norway and elsewhere. Ethanol reduces need to import oil and is a cost-effective biofuel. In terms of availability, infrastructure and accessibility, it’s not yet clear where ethanol will be sourced from in Nagpur.

Public transport based on ethanol buses is a cost effective method to reduce a city’s environmental problems. Scania is developing necessary preconditions without requiring major investments in new infrastructure. The new ethanol bus engine complies with Bharat stage 5 (BS V), thereby reducing emissions further.

Mr. Anders Grundstr̦mer, Managing Director, Scania Commercial Vehicles India and Senior Vice President, Scania Group and Mr. Sivakumar V, Director РSales, Scania Commercial Vehicles India handed over the bus keys to Shri Nitin Gadkari, Honourable Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Rural Development, Government of India in the presence of Shri Sanjay Gangopadhyaya, Jt. Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Prof. Shri Anil Sole, Mayor, Nagpur City and Shri Shyam Wardhane, Commissioner, NMC.