For the first time in the United Kingdom, Volvo Trucks will introduce its new Euro 6-compliant 4×2 FE-320 CNG (Compressed Natural Gas)-fuelled rigid. Using the one-day Freight in the City Expo 2016 (London, Nov. 2), Volvo will display a day-cab 4×2 rigid, specified for city distribution and fitted with a fridge body.
The new FE CNG is also designed as a quiet, efficient, low-emission truck to meet the needs of refuse collection and recycling companies working in the urban environment.
Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland is confident will generate considerable interest from both private and public sector operators. The FE CNG is available to order now for operation in the UK and Ireland as either a 4×2 18 tonnes GVW rigid, or as a 6×2 26 tonner.
At the heart of the new truck is the 320hp, Euro-6 compliant Volvo G9K, 6-cylinder in-line, 4-stroke spark-ignition engine, with water-cooled, waste-gate turbocharger and stoichiometric, cooled exhaust gas recirculation (SEGR) combustion, plus exhaust after-treatment.
As the G9K engine is a spark-ignition engine fitted with a 3-way catalyst, there is no requirement to fit a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). Likewise, SCR and AdBlue are not required as the G9K is fuelled purely by natural gas. Another major benefit of using the G9K engine is that the CO2 emissions of a CNG engine are some 20% less than those of a diesel powered unit.
The volume of CNG fuel, which is carried in three chassis-mounted 100-litre cells on the display vehicle, is approximately 117 kgs, equating to about the same amount of energy as 117 litres of diesel and enough for about 400km driving range, depending on load and road conditions. The FE CNG at the show has a total capacity of around 120 m³ of gas, which is compressed to 200 bar as standard. There is also the option of an additional two, 100 litre cells providing a further 80 m³ of CNG capacity. The wheelbase of the FE CNG on display is 4750 mm.
The G9K Euro-6 engine provides 320 hp at 2050 rpm and 1356 Nm of torque between 1300 and 1400 rpm. The gearbox is a 6-speed, Allison automatic with hydraulic retarder. The air-suspended 11.5 tonne rear axle is the Volvo RS1344C with a final drive ratio of 5.29:1. The front axle is rated at 8.0 tonnes providing a useful degree of loading tolerance for fridge and multi-drop distribution operators, for example.
(Source: Volvo Trucks United Kingdom & Ireland)
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