Westport Innovations Inc., together with Volvo Car Sverige and Upplands Motor, announced that Sweden-based Fågelviksgruppen (FVG) has signed an agreement covering the purchase of 400 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel taxis with Westport technology and fuel systems including options to purchase up to 240 more. Orders for the first 200 vehicles have been received for delivery beginning this year and completion planned for the end of February 2016. Westport expects the balance to be delivered by the third quarter 2016.
The 2016 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel, capable of operating on compressed natural gas or gasoline, is based on Volvo’s new T5 2.0L, direct injection, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family. Featuring Westport technology integrated with the powertrain including Westport components and engine management system, the engine offers 245 hp (183 kW) and 350 N·m (258 lb-ft) of torque. The V70 Bi-Fuel is also equipped with an 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission.
The Euro 6-rated vehicles have NEDC fuel consumption ratings of 4.5 kg of natural gas/100 km, and 6.7 liters of gasoline/100 km (35 mpg US). CO2 emission ratings are 41 g/km (biogas); 121 g/km (CNG); and 156 g/km (gasoline). Full driving range is 1,200 km (746 miles).
|2016 Volvo V70. Click to enlarge.|
Westport builds and installs the natural gas systems at facilities located inside Volvo Car Group’s main production center in Gothenburg.
FVG is committed to reduce its environmental footprint. We have evaluated several different environmentally friendly cars and found that Volvo Bi-Fuel is a very attractive and a right choice as a taxi vehicle.—Ole Oftedal, CEO of FVG
FVG operates 6,000 taxis in fleets such as TaxiKurir, Taxi 020, Taxi Skåne, and TaxisNorge. Currently, older bi-fuel Volvo cars are used by fleets in the Stockholm area, but the new taxis will be deployed throughout the country.