The manufacturer is expanding its model range in Europe with a new version of the Volvo FE CNG. This vehicle 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 9-litre Euro 6 gas-powered engine featuring spark plug technology and automatic transmission. Series production is expected to begin in early 2015.
“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,” said Christina Eriksson, Business Manager Alternative Drivelines at Volvo Trucks.
The truck’s engine produces 320 hp and 1356 Nm of torque and is particularly suitable for short distances with a lot of start-stop traffic. Thanks to its fully automatic transmission, the truck retains the same excellent drivability and productivity as the conventional Volvo FE. The automatic transmission also gives faster driveline response.
“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 generate the right preconditions for positive development,” commented Lars Mårtensson, Environmental Director at Volvo Trucks.
Source: Volvo Trucks