The OC13 truck engine is the latest offering from Scania. Promising to reduce emissions without hurting performance thanks to its use of natural gas or biogas, it offers advantages for long-haul operations and a variety of other scenarios.
Announced last week, the engine is based on the same designs as the Swedish truck maker’s existing 13-litre diesel unit and still manages to develop 410hp and a pull with an impressive 2000Nm of torque, giving it capabilities that are roughly equivalent to its less sustainable stable mates.
When using natural gas rather than diesel, a truck powered by the OC13 will produce 15 per cent less carbon dioxide and far fewer harmful particles. Running on biogas is an even cleaner option, but the infrastructure for widespread supply of this is not yet in place.
Less Pollution than Standard Combustion Engines:
Scania spokesperson Folke Fritzson explained that the creation of this new engine was based on the need to ensure that it would be able to offer an optimal driving experience for those behind the wheel while also being less polluting than standard combustion engines.
Part of this streamlining of the experience is achieved by pairing the OC13 with the latest Opticruise transmission developed by the firm to provide pitch-perfect gear changes which anticipate the road ahead rather than merely reacting to changes in speed and elevation after they have occurred.
Buyers can specify that this engine is combined with a pair of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks that allow it to achieve a long-distance range of around 1100 kilometres (683 miles). This range applies to tractor and trailer truck combinations; for rigid trucks that are similarly equipped, the distance between refuelling increases by a further 500km (310 miles).
The company argues that this will not only make gas-powered trucks a more appropriate choice for haulage firms that need to cover long distances than ever before, but it will also enable such organisations to save money in the long term and ensure that their vehicles are compliant with the latest emissions regulations.
New Era for Market:
The OC13 has quite long servicing intervals, with maintenance only mandated to be carried out once it has covered 45,000 kilometres (28,000 miles). This is around 50 per cent longer than in earlier generations of the same gas engine technology and makes it cheaper to run this type of truck, in addition to the other savings associated with ownership.
Scania believes that the HGV market is teetering on the edge of a new era in terms of the engines which are being used widely for long-distance transport, and it sees its latest generation of gas power plants as being especially suitable to push things in the right direction. There are also major moves being made towards all electric trucks, although in terms of meeting long-haul transport needs in the short term there is little question that the gas route is the best to take, especially for buyers in the UK and Europe who want to embrace sustainability without sacrificing productivity.