Volvo trucks set to run on LNG and biogas
Liquid natural gas and biogas is being introduced to the latest Volvo trucks in order to bring them into line with Euro 6 compliance standards.
The Volvo FH LNG and FM LNG will boast the same performance and fuel consumption of Volvo’s diesel-powered trucks, the company says.
Available in 420hp ( 313kW) and 460hp ( 343kW), the trucks are expected to result in 20-100 per cent lower CO2 emissions, depending on the choice of LNG or bio-LNG, according to the manufacturer.
The trucks are powered by gas engines utilising diesel cycle technology, rather than the Otto cycle typically used for gas-powered vehicles. The 460hp gas engine delivers maximum torque of 2300Nm, with the 420hp version giving 2100Nm.
Volvo director of environment and innovation Lars Mårtensson says both the climate and balance sheets will win with the new engines.
“We can now o er an alternative with low climate impact that also meets high demands on performance, fuel e ciency and operating range,” Mårtensson says.
“This is a combination that our customers in regional and long haulage require.”
Truck tanks are lled with LNG, with the biggest fuel tank variant containing enough LNG for a range of up to 1000km. The fuel is warmed up, pressurised and converted into gas while driving, before being injected into the engine.
To ignite the gas, a small amount of diesel is added at the moment of injection.
While Australia has been slower to adopt LNG technology, there is movement towards less reliance on fossil fuels that is likely to make alternatives like LNG increasingly appealing.
Volvo FM LNG and FH LNG truck sales will begin next year.