Canadian engineering company Westport Innovations Inc., producer of advanced natural gas engines and vehicles, has announced delivery of the first 2016 Volvo V60 Bi-Fuel cars to key customer Sunfleet, a Volvo car sharing organization in Sweden. Combustion technology from Westport was introduced as part of Volvo Car Company’s new Drive-E powertrain bi-fuel engine earlier this year.
A total of 42 vehicles will be delivered and put into service between now and October. “We are very proud to be able to offer the new Volvo Bi-Fuel to Sunfleet’s customers. Together with a biogas contract from the fuel suppliers, this is a first-class alternative with minimal environmental impact,” says Peter Alguren, Managing Director of Sunfleet.
Sunfleet operates approximately 1,000 cars across 37 cities in its car sharing business in Sweden, including 53 Volvo Bi-Fuel cars from Westport. The bi-fuel vehicles are available in seven of the company’s nearly 50 locations: Göteborg, Kungsbacka, Lerum, Linköping, Lund, Malmö, and Västerås.
Sunfleet plans to increase bi-fuel vehicle availability depending on customer needs and infrastructure availability. For example, the car sharing service is adding bi-fuel cars to the Älmhult location beginning in September with seven new Volvo V60 Bi-Fuel cars. Sweden has a growing network of natural gas fuelling infrastructure, now consisting of more than 70% biomethane.
The 2016 Volvo Bi-Fuel is based on Volvo’s new two-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family. Part of the Volvo Engine Architecture family, this engine offers 245 HP and 350NM in torque with emissions as low as 40g CO2/km (according to the Swedish Transport Administration’s calculation method for biomethane), and is considered one of the greenest, most powerful natural gas engines in the world. The Volvo bi-fuel system offers a total driving range of 1,120 kms.
(Source: Westport Innovations)