Q-Park has become the first operator to place an order for the Fencer f1 with Scania (Great Britain). It will take four 10.9m examples that are scheduled for delivery in May 2022 and which will be used on a car park shuttle service at Heathrow Airport.
The buses will be mounted on Scania’s new K BL chassis and equipped with the DC07 engine at Euro VI Step E. That unit will develop 280bhp and be coupled to ZF’s EcoLife 2 automatic gearbox. Air-conditioning has been specified, along with 31 seats including four tip-ups, and luggage racking.
Says Q-Park Heathrow Operations Manager Steve Rowlerson: “As a growing operation, we need to replace our existing 8.9m buses with longer and larger vehicles. The Scania Fencer f1 not only represents a significant step up in size, but also offers an extremely large amount of luggage space, which is especially important for us.
“While these will be the first Scania buses to enter service with us, the brand is well known for its proven reliability and the quality of its backup and support services, so we had no hesitation in opting for Scania.
“We also feel that Scania’s build quality and the modern look and appeal of the Fencer f1 fits perfectly with the upmarket, high-end standards that Q-Park looks to project as a premium service provider.”
Scania (Great Britain) Sales Director – Bus and Coach Martin West adds that the Fencer f1 has generated “unprecedented attention” since its launch earlier in 2021.
Having thanked Q-Park for its business, Mr West adds: “We now look forward to fulfilling this important order and working with Q-Park to ensure that travellers passing through Heathrow enjoy the best possible transfer experience aboard these new-generation, state-of-the-art vehicles.”
The first global order for the Fencer f1 was placed by Baltic operator GoBus. Its first four will be delivered in November 2021 with 20 more to follow.