Westward Scania, the Irish importer and distributor of Scania Trucks, held a series of Roadshows through its dealer network to promote Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a viable fuel alternative for transport operators. The initiative was to launch the newly configured Scania R410 6×2 CNG Rear-Steer tractor-unit and provide operators the opportunity to drive the new truck for the first time.
“The first three Gas Roadshows were a resounding success,” according to Thomas Diffley, Westward Scania. “The first event took place at Delaney Commercials in Naas. There was a lot of interest and questions regarding alternative fuels and the drivers were very impressed with the power of the 410hp. They soon became aware of the lower noise levels, less emissions and additional payload on offer with this option,” he added.
AOC Commercials in Carrigtwohill, County Cork hosted the second of the nationwide series. “There was great interest in the truck as well as the mobile refuelling unit. The customers and potential customers asked many technical questions in relation to the truck. The drivers were very delighted with this model in particular with the turning circle with the rear-steer tag axle. We also received a visit from a group of final year students from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), all studying transport management. They were very interested in the alternative fuel presentation and to see the truck in the flesh.”
Kerry dealer Nolans at Castleisland had a large gathering throughout the day. The programme had to be split into three phases to accommodate the large groups and to give everyone an opportunity to drive. Needless to say the R410 6×2 was very well received. “We were delighted that so many people attended. It is a great shame that we have to postpone the remaining events in Dublin and Strokestown due to COVID- 19. As all will appreciate, we at Westward Scania value health and wellbeing of everyone and we wanted to ensure that our staff and customer’s didn’t take any unnecessary risks. We would like to thank David, John and all the team at Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) for making valuable contributions to make these events a success. The team is working hard behind the scenes to get the CNG infrastructure built and operational. Thanks also to Roadgas for leasing the mobile gas refuelling station,” concluded Thomas.