The new Euro 6-compliant gas-powered trucks offer fuel efficiency and performance on a par with that of diesel-driven trucks, but with far lower climate impact. The emissions related from the vehicle during usage, known as tank-to-wheel, can be reduced drastically with the use of environment friendly fuel. Compared with current gas-powered trucks available on the market, the new trucks use 15 to 25 percent less fuel. Along with in order to give the greatest possible operating range, they run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Commenting on the announcement, Mats Franzen, product manager engines, Volvo Trucks, says, "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."
As per the company an operator covering 120,000 km per year in heavy transport who chooses natural gas instead of diesel can cut CO2 emissions by 18 to 20 tonnes a year. This is bearing in mind that last year alone more than 264,000 heavy trucks were registered in the Europe. There is an immense potential for significantly reducing emissions globally from heavy commercial traffic. Additionally with excellent availability of natural gas, that is highly-competitively priced in many countries.
"As a result 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. 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. 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," says Lars Martensson, director, Environment and Innovation, Volvo Trucks.