Volvo Shows CO2-Free Trucks

Posted on August 29, 2007

The Volvo Group unveiled seven demonstration trucks in Stockholm, Sweden, that the company said are designed to illustrate the possibilities of carbon dioxide-free transport. The seven trucks are power by Volvo’s own 9 L engines modified to operate on seven different types of renewable liquid or gaseous fuels.

“As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heavy trucks, diesel engines and buses, the Volvo Group is part of the climate problem,” said Leif Johansson, CEO of the Volvo Group. “But environmental issues are one of the areas, which we have assigned the very highest priority, and based on our resources and knowledge, we both can and will be part of the solution.”

The seven trucks exhibited in Stockholm can be operated on the same number of different renewable fuels and/or combinations of fuels: biodiesel, biogas combined with biodiesel, ethanol/methanol, DME, synthetic diesel and hydrogen gas combined with biogas. Since all of these fuels are produced from renewable raw materials, they provide no carbon-dioxide contributions to the ecosystem when combusted and, accordingly, do not impact the environment.

“The diesel engine is an extremely efficient energy converter that is perfectly suited to many different renewable fuels, liquid or gaseous,” said Jan-Eric Sundgren, member of Volvo Group management and senior vice prresident, Public and Environmental Affairs. “With our know-how in engine technology and our large volumes, we can manufacture engines for several different renewable fuels, and also create possibilities for carbon-dioxide-free transports in such other product areas as buses, construction equipment and boats.”

More details on these vehicles will be available in an upcoming issue of Diesel Progress International Edition.