Volvo Trucks introduced two gas-powered, heavy-duty trucks that offer fuel efficiency and performance on par with that of diesel-fueled trucks, and comply with Euro 6 emissions regulations.
The new trucks, the Volvo FH LNG and Volvo FM LNG, can run on either biogas, which cuts carbon dioxide by up to 100%, or liquefied natural gas, which reduces CO2 emissions by 20%, compared with diesel — based on emissions from the vehicle during usage, known as tank-to-wheel, according to the Sweden-based company.
“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,” Mats Franzén, product manager engines at Volvo Trucks, said in a statement.
The technology, however, is not immediately planned for North America.
“We always assess the technologies in Volvo’s global portfolio to determine which make sense for the North American market, but it’s not in our immediate plans,” Brandon Borgna, a Volvo Trucks North America spokesman told Transport Topics.
Greensboro, N.C.-based VTNA is a unit of Volvo Group.