Volvo Says TNO Tests Prove Suitability of LNG as Truck Fuel

| The Netherlands | Source: Volvo Trucks

Volvo FH LNG refuellingThe Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), an organisation independent of government and commercial influence, has completed tests of the Volvo FH LNG truck. TNO has found that under representative conditions for long-distance transport in the Netherlands CO2 emissions from the exhaust of the Volvo FH LNG truck are almost 20% lower than those of TNO-tested Euro 6 diesel trucks. The saving is considerable, especially when deployed on the highway, namely a 23% reduction in CO2.

In the context of the ‘Sample check program for trucks and buses’ for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, TNO conducted practical emission tests on various long-distance trucks with a Euro 6 diesel engine and alternatives including the latest Volvo FH LNG. The purpose of the tests was to determine the level of harmful emissions and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Volvo FH LNG resulted in a CO2 reduction of 23% when driving on the highway compared to fossil diesel trucks tested under comparable conditions.

“The fact that our LNG solution performs well on long-distance routes confirms what we tell our customers. The Volvo LNG trucks not only meet the high requirements in terms of performance, fuel consumption and action radius, but also offer an alternative that delivers lower greenhouse gas emissions, as now also proven by TNO. Our customers need this combination for regional and international transport, “explains Jan Schouten, Product Manager at Volvo Trucks Netherlands.

Volvo FH LNG Emissions Test by TNO - tailpipe emissions capture

Image: TNO Report – the flow tube connected to the exhaust of the truck

LNG as an alternative to diesel

At the end of 2017, Volvo Trucks introduced its new Volvo FH LNG and Volvo FM LNG. The trucks are available with 420 or 460 hp for heavy regional and international transport: a segment for which electric driving does not yet appear to be a feasible option.

“Electric driving on long-distance routes is not yet feasible. Not only is the charging infrastructure not ready, the radius of action of an electric truck is too limited for the long haul, and batteries now weigh too much to be able to transport enough cargo to be profitable”, concludes Jan Schouten.

“We see LNG as a good alternative to diesel for regional and international transport. The TNO report now underlines that the reduction in CO2 emissions that we indicate does not appear to be an empty promise”, Schouten says.

Information about the Volvo FH LNG and Volvo FM LNG

Volvo FM LNG 2018

Volvo FM LNG

The fuel used is liquefied natural gas or LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) or liquefied biogas, which is known as bio-LNG. When using biogas, the tank-to-wheel CO2 emissions decrease by 100% compared to fossil diesel. With natural gas the reduction is almost 20%.

  • Available versions: tractors and trucks (4×2, 6×2, 6×4) with a GCW / train weight up to 60 tonnes for regional and international transport
  • Engine: Volvo G13C Euro 6, 13-liter in-line engine with six cylinders and common rail injection system for gas and diesel. Available with 420 hp / 2,100 Nm and 460 hp / 2,300 Nm
  • Gearbox: Volvo I-Shift
  • Fuel tanks: available with 115 kg, 155 kg or 205 kg LNG for a range of up to 1,000 km.

Read the full report here.

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