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Biogas is the way for new Volvo truck

The new Volvo range of trucks now provides more power and range while still running on environmentally-friendly biogas

Global heavy vehicle brand Volvo Trucks has announced the launch of a new, stronger gas-powered truck that can run on liquified biogas.

Volvo says the new truck is able to carry out long distance transport tasks while still reducing carbon emissions for operators.

Five years ago, Volvo launched its trucks that can run on liquified biogas, known as the bio-LNG, with the fuel source being produced from many types of organic waste, such as food scraps.

Now, the new truck is four per cent more fuel efficient as a gas-powered truck, with the model getting a new power level of 500hp together with a 10 per cent larger gas tank.

“Biogas is a great complement to electric transports, helping hauliers with their sustainability ambitions and aims towards climate neutral transports,” Volvo Trucks gas-powered truck product manager Daniel Bergstrand says.

The gas-powered trucks in the Volvo FH and FM are getting a new power level of 500 hp, joining the previous 420 and 460 hp engines.

The gas engines also get major technical upgrades that makes them up to four per cent more fuel efficient, which, together with a new 10 per cent larger gas tank, contributes to a longer range.

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“Our efficient gas-powered trucks have a performance comparable to their diesel equivalents. Fueling up is almost as fast as a diesel truck and the growing network of more than 600 fuel stations for both bio-LNG and LNG in Europe makes them ideal for long-haul transports,” Bergstrand says.

Volvo says the strengthened gas-powered line up fits well with Volvo Trucks three-path strategic roadmap to reach zero emissions: battery electric trucks, fuel cell trucks and combustion engines that run on renewable fuels like biogas, HVO or even green hydrogen.

“Several technical solutions are needed because the availability of energy and fuel infrastructure differs greatly between countries and regions and also because the requirements for each transport assignment can vary,” Bergstrand says.

European production of bio-LNG is expected to ramp up quickly to shift away from the use of fossil LNG.

The EU Commission has put forward a plan called REPower EU, where the focus is on creating greatly increased domestic production capacity for different kinds of energy.

The plan is to boost annual biogas production ten times by 2030 and the sector has already started a rapid growth phase.

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