LBC Frakt, a transport company based in Värmland County, Sweden, recently purchased a Scania G 410 truck that runs on liquefied biogas, a first for the company. The 8x4 rigid skip loader will help the Swedish Transport Administration with a rail infrastructure expansion project, which has set CO2 emissions limits in place, but the trucks are also part of LBC’s Frakt’s long-term plans to meet new emissions standards coming over the next 10 to 30 years.
“We know how the transport industry impacts climate change and although our own combined fleet of 250 trucks by and large meets the most stringent emission standards, we must start planning for how we are to meet society’s CO2 reduction targets for 2030 and 2050,” says Lars Reinholdsson, managing director of LBC Frakt. As for the railway project, he adds, “With the G 410’s “90 to 95% reduction in carbon emissions through biogas, we will be in a good position to meet these demands.”
Although LBC Frakt understands that liquefied gas is not necessarily “the obvious choice” when it comes to certain applications, Reinholdsson expects that demand will increase for these types of vehicles in the future as more companies accept the higher costs associated with alternative fuel sources. LBC Frakt is also diversifying its fleet with other Scania trucks, including a mix of hybrid and ethanol vehicles. The company will also build an ED95 ethanol pump for refueling.
“We’re convinced that several fuels are needed to reach carbon targets,” says Reinholdsson. “Electric propulsion will definitely be an alternative but in the short term it’s difficult to envision electric trucks for long distance transport. There, biofuels will be the most realistic option for the coming years.”