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Volvo, Mack Announce LNG Agreement With Shell

Posted on March 27, 2013

Volvo Trucks  and Mack Trucks, both part of the Volvo Group, announced a formal agreement with Shell collaborate and coordinate activities supporting the wider use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

“Customer interest in natural gas as a heavy-duty truck fuel will only continue to grow,” said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing.  “We plan to introduce our own Volvo LNG-fuelled engine in 2014, and this agreement is part of our effort to collaborate with various stakeholders to ensure that the market is supported with the necessary infrastructure.”

“Mack has had natural gas-powered vehicles in customer service since 2009, and we look forward to working with Shell and other fuel providers to further support the burgeoning natural gas truck market here in North America,” said Kevin Flaherty, president of Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing.

The agreement with Shell is global and non-exclusive and will include collaboration on issues such as fuel specification and emissions performance, as well as general sharing of knowledge and experience with all aspects of the burgeoning natural gas market.

Volvo Trucks announced in May that it is in development of a proprietary 13 L LNG engine for North America. The engine will incorporate pilot diesel injection which Volvo said would provide significant fuel efficiency gains compared with spark-ignited natural gas engines and make it more viable for long-haul trucking applications. The company currently offers a natural gas-powered option for the Volvo VNM daycab, and will offer a natural gas-powered version of the Volvo VNL daycab beginning in 2013. Both models utilize Cummins Westport spark-ignited engines.

Mack offers a gaseous-fueled TerraPro refuse vehicle powered by a Cummins Westport ISL9 G engine and recently delivered its first LNG-powered Pinnacle on-highway truck. Mack has also announced plans to launch a gas-powered Mack Granite truck for the construction segment in 2013. Both models are equipped with the Cummins Westport ISX12G spark-ignited engines.