Volvo truck dealers McCarthy Commercials, in partnership with Calor, hosted a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) open day at its Watergrasshill headquarters last month. The one-day trade event was a great opportunity for local truck operators to learn more about natural gas as an alternative to conventional diesel.
Along with key presentations during the day, experts from Volvo Trucks and Calor were on hand to answer questions and discuss the benefits of running trucks on LNG. Visitors were also able to view a gas powered Volvo FH 6×2.
The Volvo LNG powertrain is based on traditional diesel engine technology so there is no compromise on driveability, fuel efficiency or reliability. The new G13C engine is quieter than the corresponding diesel and has significantly less CO2 emissions, plus the potential for lower fuel costs.
Darren Newman, LNG specialist at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland explained further: “All told, liquefied gas is the best climate alternative on the market for long and heavy transportation and Volvo’s new gas-powered trucks can compete with diesel both in terms of performance and fuel consumption.”
Volvo Trucks is working together with gas suppliers and customers to develop the expansion of the LNG infrastructure in Europe. LNG is created by cooling the gas to a temperature of around -162°C when it liquefies and reduces in volume to a colourless, odourless liquid fuel. This quality ensures LNG is easy to store and makes it ideally suited to fuel regional and long-haul trucks.