Six Fast Facts as Volvo Launches New Methane-Powered FE CNG Truck

- Leadership - Sep 01, 2014

Volvo Trucks is expanding its model range in Europe with a new version of the Volvo FE running entirely on methane gas.

The Volvo FE CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) has been primarily developed for operations involving short driving cycles with repeated starts and stops such as refuse collection and local distribution.

It is equipped with a new nine-litre Euro six gas-powered engine featuring spark plug technology and automatic transmission, generating 320 horsepower.

Christina Eriksson, Business Manager Alternative Drivelines at Volvo Trucks, said: "With the Volvo FE CNG we can now offer companies that drive a lot in urban environments a truck with a far lower environmental impact.

“Many cities the world over are looking for alternatives to diesel-powered trucks. In the field of refuse handling in particular, renewable fuels are often a requirement for securing a purchase contract."

Methane gas is odourless when combusted and it contains very low levels of harmful particles. If the methane is a biogas i.e. based on organic materials, emissions of carbon dioxide are up to 70 percent lower than those of a diesel truck.

Lars Mårtensson, Environmental Director at Volvo Trucks, added: "Methane gas is the fuel that will become a sustainable alternative to diesel in the long term.

“Right now the focus is on working together with the various public authorities and private corporations to draw up the relevant rules and create the right preconditions for positive development."

Sales of the new Volvo FE CNG are already underway, with series production getting under way in early 2015.

Fast Facts on the Volvo FE CNG

  1. 4x2 (19t), 6x2 (19.5 - 26t) rigid
  2. G9K gas engine, nine-litre Euro six with spark plug technology, 320 hp / 1356 Nm
  3. Fully automatic transmission
  4. Day cab
  5. Tank system for up to 160 m3 methane gas
  6. 2x4 or 2x3 tanks for compressed natural gas fitted on both sides of the chassis.

 

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