Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Major Truck Maker Introduces LNG Semi Trucks as Answer to Emission Issues

Volvo Believes Mixed Power Options are the Answer to Freight Requirements
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EUROPE – Following the lead of its car making sister which announced all models will be environmentally friendly from 2019, Volvo Trucks is now introducing Euro 6-compliant heavy duty trucks running on liquefied natural gas or biogas. The new trucks, the Volvo FH LNG and Volvo FM LNG, can run on either biogas, which cuts CO2 by up to 100%, or natural gas which reduces CO2 emissions by 20% compared with diesel. This relates to emissions from the vehicle during usage, known as tank-to-wheel.

The cars of course are intended to be all electric, still not a viable power source for hevier, long distance vehicles but, compared with current gas-powered trucks available on the market, Volvo Trucks’ new vehicles use 15 to 25% less fuel. The company says that LNG currently gives the trucks the greatest possible operating range. Lars Mårtensson, Director Environment and Innovation at Volvo Trucks, said:

“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.”

“We regard LNG, liquefied natural gas, 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. With a higher proportion of biogas, climate impact can be reduced far more. For transport operations in urban environments, where range is not as critical, electrified vehicles will play a greater role in the future.”

Volvo Trucks states that it is 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, with a strategy for expanding LNG infrastructure included in the European Commission and member states’ action packages for securing Europe’s long-term energy supply. Mats Franzén, Product Manager Engines at Volvo Trucks, concluded:

“Our new trucks running on liquefied natural gas or biogas produce a far smaller climate footprint than diesel trucks do. In addition, they are much more fuel-efficient than the gas-powered trucks available on the market today. This makes gas more viable as a replacement for diesel even for heavy long-haul operations.”