Volvo Introduces New Trucks Running on Natural Gas
Volvo Trucks has introduced Euro 6-compliant heavy duty trucks in Europe that run on clean-burning LNG or renewable LNG. Volvo says the trucks can cut CO2 emissions by 20 to 100 percent. With a firm focus on new, energy-efficient technology for gas-powered vehicles, Volvo Trucks makes it possible to significantly reduce the climate impact of heavy regional and long-haul transport operations.
“We regard LNG as a long-term first choice alternative to diesel, both for regional and long-haul truck operations where fuel efficiency, payload and productivity are crucial,” said Lars Mårtensson, Director Environment and Innovation at Volvo Trucks. “Our vision is that trucks from Volvo will eventually have zero emissions, although the way of achieving that is not by one single solution but through several solutions in parallel. LNG is one of them.”
Compared with current gas-powered trucks available on the market, Volvo Trucks’ new vehicles use 15 to 25 percent less fuel, and LNG gives the trucks the greatest possible operating range.
Volvo Trucks is now working together with gas suppliers and customers to develop the expansion of LNG infrastructure in Europe. This development is also being supported politically in many countries and by the EU. A strategy for expanding LNG infrastructure is also included in the European Commission and member states’ action packages for securing Europe’s long-term energy supply.