SCANIA INNOVATIVE COACH FOR SWEDISH CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TEAM
For the Swedish cross-country ski team Scania has built a innovative coach for the team to travel to their ski competitions. The coach has several new ergonomic and technology solutions. It also meets the demands of sustainable travel.
Scania has developed the first coach for the ski team to be a place for recuperation, as the coach helps skiers get more rest between competitions. Team spirit is encouraged as the athletes now travel together. “This coach is the latest in the range of transport solutions that have been developed in close cooperation with the Swedish cross-country ski team to improve the work environment for both the athletes and the rest of the team”, says Erik Ljungberg, Senior Vice President and Head of Communications, Brand and Marketing at Scania.
The coach, which seats 12 to 14 people, is equipped with solar panels that generate 1,000 kWh annually. These are used to power to the LED-lighting and other devices. Fans to dry wet clothing are also installed. To save on power-consuming heating, the coach is equipped with an infrared heating system, which, compared with traditional convection heaters, reduces energy requirements by 60 percent. Rather than heating indoor air, the infrared heaters keep passengers warm while also warming fabrics for added comfort in areas for medical treatments and massages. Overall, the coach is adapted for the challenges of being on the road, making it easy to rest, prepare meals or work.
Cross-country Team Manager Lars Selin thinks the coach will be a place to gather at ski events. “The occasional hard weather conditions can drain energy from the athletes. From that perspective, the coach is invaluable, and it gives us a noticeable advantage over our competitors.”