“We are convinced that liquefied natural gas is one of the most important future alternatives to today’s vehicle fuels,” said Lars Mårtensson, director of Environmental Affairs at Volvo Trucks. The Swedish OEM considers the increased implementation of natural gas as a major step towards greater availability and use of biomethane, which could reduce carbon emissions by up 70 percent compared to diesel.
The Volvo FM MethaneDiesel will be initially sold in Europe, starting in the Netherlands, Great Britain and Sweden. Currently, there are plans to manufacture about 100 trucks in 2011 and series production will get under way in August. “We expect sales to take off in 6-8 European countries within the next two years, with about 400 Volvo FM trucks sold a year. Future sales will naturally depend largely on expansion of LNG filling stations for commercial vehicles,” added Nilsson.
Source: Volvo Trucks