Volvo Trucks and Shell will cooperate globally on the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel for commercial heavy duty trucks. Based on Volvo’s MethaneDiesel concept (earlier post) whereby LNG can be used in diesel engines, and Shell’s LNG expertise and infrastructure investments, the two companies will coordinate their activities and actively support the wider use of LNG in the transport sector.
The collaboration agreement is underway and work has begun with the first stage focused on selected markets in central Europe and in the United States. The agreement is non-exclusive both ways. On-going or future cooperation and dialogues with other partners will not be affected by this agreement.
The Volvo FM MethaneDiesel is equipped with the new methane-diesel technology and uses liquefied gas as its main fuel. The engine uses diesel to ignite the LNG. The proportions are up to 75% gas and 25% diesel, depending on the type of transport and driving cycle.
The truck is already available in Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK and at present the market roll-out is expanding into Italy and France.
Driving range of the Volvo FM MethaneDiesel is approximately 1,000 km (621 miles) on gas. Engine power output is 460 hp, torque 2300 N·m.