This initiative entails a new technology, called MDE (methane-diesel-engine), using compressed and liquefied biomethane to fuel heavy-duty diesel vehicles. This technology will be developed in all its stages, including production, distribution and automotive part, thus allowing HD vehicles to meet the strict environmental standards established.
The demonstration projects aim to prove there is a unique potential to boost a market with increasing opportunities for technology exports. “These are already examples of projects carrying out the development of energy-efficient and renewable-fuelled HD vehicles. Now we can seriously present a strong alternative to traditional diesel engine and open up a new market for biogas,” said Bernt Svensén, chairman of the Biogas West and Business Development of sustainable transport for Business Region Göteborg.
Regarding BiMe Trucks, the project involves at least 67 long distance HD units that will be powered by liquid biomethane with at least three filling stations being built in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmo. Companies involved are AB Volvo, along with the leading biogas suppliers in Sweden, AGA, Eon and FordonsGas. The project is co-funded by the Västra Götaland region.
In turn, BiMe Bus project will coordinate supply and demand for biogas buses suitable for regional transportation, where 20 units will be put into trial with the MDE engines. Project participants are Västtrafik, Uppland Local, Länstrafiken in Orebro and Volvo Buses.