Throughout the world, compressed and liquefied gas have been gaining ground in buses and trucks as a favourable alternative to diesel. In addition to lower noise levels and substantially reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, these vehicles can operate on fossil-free biogas.
It was therefore a milestone when Scania at its Brazilian production plan in São Bernardo do Campo in 2020 introduced gas trucks for the Latin American market. Among the early adopters in Brazil were the Jomed LOG and RN Express transport companies. Both carry out deliveries for L’Oréal and Nespresso. ‘These customers have supported us in starting to move forward towards greater sustainability,’ says Commercial Director Rodrigo Navarro, RN Express.
Other pioneering transport companies in Brazil are Charrua Gás and PepsiCo. PepsiCo has deployed 18 Scania gas-powered trucks for its deliveries throughout the country. ‘This demonstrates our commitment in leading the transition to increasingly sustainable transport alternatives,’ says Eduardo Sacchi, Senior Supply Chain Director at PepsiCo Brazil.
Deliveries have not been limited to consumer products and the Brazilian steel group Gerdau has now started using a gas-powered mining truck at one of its iron ore mines.
In 2021, Scania teamed up with Comgás, the largest gas distributor in Brazil, to accelerate the introduction of natural gas and biogas for heavy vehicles. Together, the companies are examining frequent logistics routes with the aim of increasing the number of filling stations, also at truck and bus depots. ‘Working together with Scania is extremely important to further develop and encourage the use of this fuel in heavy commercial vehicle fleets,’ says Antonio Simões, CEO of Comgás.