New buses powered by liquefied natural gas have entered service in the Italian town. They are six vehicles from the Scania Interlink LNG range. These vehicles accommodate 55 seated passengers plus 16 standing and are equipped with integral air conditioning and an open overhead compartment. «Each bus has obviously been updated with all the warnings that Phase 2 of the post Covid-19 imposes», states Start Romagna, «that is, temporary limitation of the number of passengers from 55 to 25, communication on the methods of getting on and off and the physical distances on board, in addition to the isolation of the driver “.
The Scania Interlink LNG buses, according to the manufacturer, offer a potential reduction of CO2 emissions of 20% and an almost total reduction of nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions. Not to mention the silence compared to diesel vehicles. And the remarkable autonomy which, according to Scania, exceeds 1,000 km.
“We continue, despite the situation created by the health emergency, with the concrete actions envisaged by the Business Plan approved by the partners of Start Romagna last February”, explains Roberto Sacchetti, President of Start Romagna. «One of these important actions consists in the transition of the vehicle fleet to buses powered by less polluting fuels, such as natural gas. A low emission fuel in the atmosphere, however, having the limit of a modest travel autonomy, a limit that is exceeded thanks to liquid methane and today we’re pride that the first 6 vehicles will come into operation here in Forlì. “
“Public transport in Emilia-Romagna is showing great attention to the issue of sustainability”, emphasizes Roberto Caldini, Director of Buses & Coaches of Italscania. “Italy was the first in Europe to introduce the new liquefied natural gas buses for intercity transport, extremely interesting solutions for the potential to reduce emissions but also for the excellent performance and guaranteed autonomy. I hope that more and more public transport companies understand the potential of this fuel and therefore decide to renew their fleet with important advantages both from an economic and environmental point of view. “
The use of vehicles powered by liquefied natural gas fits into a virtuous national framework, given that Italy boasts 56 of the 200 LNG distributors currently present in Europe.

Scania Interlink LNG a Forlì 2020