Today there is an ongoing urbanization with increasing demands in transportation of both people and goods. As a result, traffic congestion as well as greenhouse gas emissions are rapidly increasing.
One already established, sustainable and affordable transport solution is public road transport also known as buses. However, it is a fixed and unchanged transport system unable to meet shifts in transport demands, often resulting in buses being overcrowded or completely empty consuming valuable road space. Research has shown that there has been a steady decline in usage of public road transport over the years, with people favouring more private, convenient, and comfortable transport alternatives. Public road transport being a vital part of societies is therefore becoming financially strained with many citizens in risk of losing an affordable transport alternative.
During the last decade there has been a steady growth within the E-commerce market with ever-increasing need of last-mile deliveries. This situation has put additional pressure on both logistics and traffic in already troublesome urban environments with more vehicles on the road being inefficiently used.
However, future cities are changing to reduce emissions and create more space for green areas as well as housing. They are actively reducing road space as well as introducing severe vehicle restrictions. Prioritising pedestrians, cyclists, and smaller mobility alternatives instead. Creating something called a 15-minute city.
In a future 15-minute city, traditional vehicles are highly restricted and road space primarily is utilized by pedestrians, cyclist, and public road transport. To fit in this context public road transport needs to evolve and there is a necessity to combine transportation solutions with different purposes in order to increase efficiency and reduce the number of vehicles in use. Public road transport acting as a vital link connecting distant places together therefore have an opportunity to expand its transportation purpose to also include goods. Consequently, making public road transport more flexible and agile to sudden shifts in transportation demands of people, thereby solidify a constant source of revenues.
Scania Combi is an investigation of how the border between transport of people and goods in future urban environments can be blurred. Creating an attractive, sustainable, and space efficient mobility solution, designed for an urban environment where traditional and large vehicles no longer are allowed. Combi is a compact, agile, and flexible transport solution. A multipurpose vehicle being able to transport both people and goods, within and between 15-minutes cities throughout the hours of the day.
Scania Combi is an on-demand mobility solution capable of carrying three passengers at once in comfort. When demand in personal transportation is low, Scania Combi offers a large cargo space being able to fit one standard sized EU-pallet.