Speed Oy, a specialized container transport company based in Helsinki, Finland, has decided to introduce a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-fueled Volvo FM 460 hp dual-fuel truck to its fleet operating from Helsinki’s Vuosaari Harbor. An LNG refueling station for heavy-duty vehicles will open at the harbour in August by Gasum, a Finnish gas company intent on developing the road fuel gas filling station network enabling the use of LNG in heavy-duty transport.
”We want to lead the way in the transport sector and introduce new, more environmentally friendly vehicles to our fleet. LNG is a natural step in our efforts to make transport greener. We’ve already been involved for four years in an Eco-Truck trial where large-capacity modular combination vehicles are operated under a special permit granted by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi). The results are promising: carbon dioxide emissions have been cut by more than 40%. We’ve received encouraging feedback about the Eco-Truck from our environmentally responsible customers, and therefore I believe that the number of Speed’s LNG-fueled vehicles will also increase in the future,” says Managing Director Tuomo Vallas Speed Oy.
“Speed is setting an example for other transport companies by offering cleaner container transport. LNG is an excellent alternative for use instead of diesel for heavy-duty transport and can help reduce emissions,” says Gasum Sales Manager Petri Michelsson.
“Volvo wants to be actively involved in progress, and by participating like this we’re able to build and develop the truck sector for better service to our customers and society in the future while at the same time operating in line with our core value of environmental care. This also helps us make sure we have the best competencies and knowledge in the sector as regards new technologies and products,” says Kimmo Ahonen, Director, Vehicle Sales, Finland, Volvo Trucks.
Gasum is developing the road fuel gas filling station network and enabling the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in heavy-duty transport in particular. Gasum is strongly committed to the development of gas vehicle use and as part of the market development aims to increase the number of filling stations by around 35 new ones over the next ten years. An LNG refueling station for heavy-duty vehicles will be opened at Vuosaari Harbor in August, while an LCNG filling station will be ready for service at the Port of Turku in September. LCNG stations will also be opened in Jyväskylä and Vantaa in 2017. This infrastructure now under construction will also enable the use of liquefied biogas (LBG) in heavy-duty transport.
Emissions from vehicles running on natural gas are lower than those from gasoline and diesel. Gas is also an inexpensive transport fuel.