New Volvo FM MethaneDiesel Truck Makes Public Debut in Berlin

The new gas-powered truck from Volvo is about to face the crowds at the NGV Berlin 2011 Fair, marking its official public debut. The participation in this show is also part of Volvo Trucks commitment to establish “blue corridors” in Europe. These transport corridors are designed to increase the availability of gas on European roads so that gas-powered trucks can cover longer transport distances.

The new Volvo FM MethaneDiesel uses methane gas as its primary fuel and has a technology, which makes it possible to use methane gas in diesel engines.

The technology opens up an entirely new segment for gas-powered trucks and, in combination with the use of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) in heavy-duty trucks, it makes it possible to use gas for long-distance transport as well. Beside this, it is both more energy efficient and more powerful than its current standard gas-powered counterparts, can lead to cost benefits as well as considerably reduce carbon emissions.

"NGVA Europe is actively driving important issues within the gas vehicle area and, through our participation in the fair and membership of this organisation, Volvo Trucks is helping to establish an infrastructure that will create transport that is both environmentally sustainable and more economical," said Lennart Pilskog, Director Public Affairs, Volvo Trucks.

"The main strength in this context is that the environment, technology and economy go hand in hand. Only then can decisive changes be made," added Lennart Pilskog.

However, for these decisive changes to be implemented on a broad front, access to liquid gas must be increased. A well-developed infrastructure, with more LNG filling stations, is essential to enable gas-powered trucks to be used in long-distance transport in the first place.

"The infrastructure needs to keep pace with technological developments if our products are to be used in the optimal way,"
concluded Lennart Pilskog.
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