Volvo Trucks North America is working with Linde Canada in an exclusive, one-time pilot, importing five Volvo FH LNG powered trucks to Canada. Volvo Trucks first launched the LNG product offering in 2017 with serial production beginning in 2018 for the European markets, with the “trucks demonstrating exceptional torque, performance and durability while reducing CO2 emissions,” according to the OEM.
The Volvo FH natural gas-powered trucks are designed for long haul transport with up to 60 tons GCW (132,277 lbs.) and up to 500 hp with up to 1,000 km range (621 miles). Combined with Westport’s high-pressure direct gas-injection system, these vehicles offer the same drivability, performance, and torque levels as diesel engines, but with drastically lower CO2 emissions.
“By embracing innovative technologies, Volvo Trucks continues to lead the shift in reducing CO2 emissions and bolstering environmental benefits through sustainable fuel options,” said Paul Kudla, Managing Director for Canada, Volvo Trucks North America. “Volvo’s LNG fueling approach – widely adopted in Europe – has proven its effectiveness in reducing CO2 emissions, offering fleets both a sustainable and efficient solution. We are excited to enable Linde Canada to move forward with this one-time pilot project utilizing their extensive experience with LNG vehicles and existing fueling infrastructure.”
By integrating the Volvo FH trucks into its operations, Linde Canada aims to capture the performance, CO2 emission reductions, and other operational benefits of LNG in its long-haul operations.
Part of the planned evaluation at Linde Canada will mirror the fleet’s routine analysis of vehicle and driver fuel economy and take advantage of its sophisticated logistics and scheduling system that minimizes mileage by providing optimal routing. The deployment of five Volvo FH models fueled by LNG, featuring options of 420, 460, or 500 hp power ratings with up to 2,500 Nm of torque, will be on the road in Canada later this year. Linde Canda is building its own LNG supply and infrastructure for a seamless integration of these trucks into its fleet.
“Linde is committed to investing in our planet and is moving towards a lower carbon footprint with significant reductions by 2030 and net-zero by 2050,” stated Laura Lunt, director, Energy Services, Linde Canada Inc. “Linde is working with Volvo Trucks and importing FH 460 hp Class 8 tractors to operate alongside our existing Volvo Trucks diesel Class 8 tractors on a Canadian trial. We believe LNG technology is one way we will achieve our goals for our transportation fleet.”
“Volvo’s LNG fueling approach has been widely adopted in Europe and LNG is widely used in the global market as a whole so we have full confidence in the success of this pilot project,” commented David Johnson, CEO, Westport. “Westport’s goal is to enable its OEM partners’ decarbonization plans with LNG and other internal combustion engine offerings that will continue to be viable solutions for the foreseeable future.”
Source: Volvo Trucks