Volvo to Offer Cars for COP15 Climate Conference

Swedish manufacturer Volvo announced today it will be one of the carmakers providing vehicles for the transport of dignitaries attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, to be held in between December 7 to December 18.

The cars to be offered by Volvo are 60 Volvo S80 and Volvo V70 cars. Out of them, 40 are Flexifuel models powered by bioethanol, while the rest diesel-powered DRIVe models.

"We support COP15's efforts to systematically reduce global CO2 emissions. ‘DRIVe Towards Zero' is our vision for developing cars entirely free from harmful exhaust emissions and environment-impacting carbon dioxide. Our aim for 2020 is to bring the average emissions from our models down to 90-100g CO2 per kilometre," Stephen Odell, Volvo CEO said in a release.

The Flexifuel models (in all, Volvo produces Flexifuel C30, S40, V50, V70 and S80) offer a choice of two E85 engines. The ones to be sent to Copenhagen are powered by 2.5l, five cylinder turbocharged engines, developing 200 hp and 300 Nm of torque.

These cars can run on bioethanol E85 or unleaded petrol, as well as any mixture between the two. Since E85 is not available in Denmark, a special supply has been created for the cars to attend the event.

The DRIVe models, powered by a 1.6l diesel engine, offer a fuel consumption rating of 4.9 l/100 km and 129 g/km of CO2. For these vehicles, no fueling difficulties had to be solved in Copenhagen.
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