Volvo Trucks India initiated it’s switch towards alternate
fuels in India with the commencement of commercial trials of its liquified
natural gas (LNG) powered class leading FM 420 4X2 Tractor. Aimed at offering
alternate fuel solutions for demanding long-distance haulage applications, the commercial
trial was flagged off from Nagpur in the presence of senior executives from
Dehlivery -a leading Indian logistics provider for e-Commerce, Gas Authority of
India Ltd (GAIL), BLNG -the providers of LNG, and Volvo Trucks executives.
Dinakar, EVP and Business Head - Volvo Trucks - VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd, said,
“Our BS VI compliant Volvo FM 420 4x2 tractor-trailer solution is already the
industry benchmark for express cargo clocking over 25,000 Kms every month with
exceptional uptime. This LNG powered Volvo FM 420 4X2 solution will help our
customers to reduce vehicle emissions and improve fuel efficiency levels in
their operations even further. We are particularly proud to be introducing such
solutions at a time when the Government of India has defined its vision for
modernizing logistics in India, as laid out in the recently released National
Logistics Policy and Gati Shakti program.”
LNG powered trucks are unique as they use the diesel cycle to run the LNG
engine as opposed to the industry practice to use Otto or petrol cycle using
spark plugs for combustion. By leveraging the technology and efficiency of a
diesel cycle which is 15-20% better than petrol cycle, Volvo LNG trucks offer
superior fuel efficiency and performance. Volvo has been supplying LNG powered
trucks in Europe for the past 5 years and many thousand trucks are operational
in severe applications like long haul, petroleum, oil and lubricants
distribution, refrigerated container movements and road train combinations.
LNG powered Volvo FM 420 4X2 is the next step in Volvo Trucks continuing
endeavour to introduce innovative transport solutions that set new standards
for Productivity, Safety & Uptime in India. Further delivering on Volvo
Trucks core value of Safety, the Volvo LNG FM 420 4X2 truck offers advanced
driver assist functions like lane departure warning and Automatic Emergency
Braking System,” concluded Jonas Nilsson, VP India & Indonesia- Volvo Truck
by leading players to develop LNG distribution infrastructure and modernizing
logistics driven by Government of India Policies will pave the way for LNG
powered trucks in the demanding long-haul segment.
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