Scania’s efforts towards sustainable transport received a significant boost, with the company’s first sale of battery-electric trucks to the Asian market.
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The Singapore arm of Berlin-based recycling and environmental services company ALBA W&H Smart City has purchased no fewer than 15 Scania 25 L battery-electric B6x2*4 trucks, after winning a new contract for public waste collection for the Woodlands-Yishun sector of the island city state. Each truck’s low-entry cab, rear loader and nine batteries with 297kW hours installed makes it well-suited to the demands of collecting waste in Singapore. With six million people sharing just 728 square kilometres, the city is one of the world’s most densely populated urban territories, making efficient, emission-free and quiet waste collection a key contributor to achieving a more sustainable quality of life.
The sale of the trucks was partly driven by the Republic of Singapore Government’s strong commitment to sustainable transport. The authorities have made it a pre-requisite of all public transport tenders that a certain minimum amount of the waste collection fleet must be electric-powered. The 15 new truck chassis are being built at Scania’s main assembly line in Södertälje, Sweden, and will be shipped to Singapore in the middle of the year. There, the vehicles will have special waste compactor bodies fitted onto their chassis, and it’s expected that the trucks will be operational on the streets of Singapore by Q3 of 2022, with ALBA W&H Smart City providing the city’s waste collection services for their new sector for the next six years.