Italy’s Sustainable Truck of the Year 2018 award has this year gone to Volvo Trucks for its new natural gas and biogas trucks. It was handed over at a ceremony in connection with the Ecomondo exhibition in Rimini on November 7, where the Swedish vehicle manufacturer won first prize in the tractor category with the new Volvo FH LNG.
“With the launch of the new LNG range (…) Volvo is definitely raising the level of natural gas-powered trucks,” writes the jury in its assessment. The Volvo FH LNG was introduced in Europe this autumn.
The main emphasis is on the trucks’ high energy efficiency and low climate impact. The Volvo FH LNG has the same high performance and low fuel consumption as a diesel-powered Volvo truck, but far lower CO2 emissions. If natural gas is used as a fuel, emissions are cut by 20 per cent. Running on renewable biogas combined with HVO, however, emissions may drop by up to 100 per cent. The jury also took into consideration a range of other parameters in their decision, such as safety, comfort and recyclability.
“Our new generation of gas-powered trucks marks a milestone in our sustainability work and in our long-term aim to achieve zero emissions. We are delighted that our efforts are receiving such attention. By putting the spotlight on sustainability issues and by rewarding signficant progress, the Sustainable Truck of the Year award helps drive the development of the transport sector in a sustainable direction,” says Lars Mårtensson, Director Environment and Innovation at Volvo Trucks.
Behind the Sustainable Truck of the Year award is Vado e Torno, one of Italy’s foremost truck magazines, in cooperation with Italian university Politechnico di Milano.
Source: Volvo Trucks