LNG Volvo truck hits UK roads

Volvo Trucks has used the Calor Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Donnington Park Services to fuel its first LNG powered truck.

The Volvo FH LNG with a 460hp engine can produce 20% less CO2 than the standard Volvo FH truck. The truck in question is a lot quieter than the diesel equivalent.

“LNG is the fuel that is best positioned to quickly become a competitive and globally available alternative to diesel,” said Martin Tomlinson, Volvo’s head of product demonstration.

“Ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support the uptake of LNG is absolutely critical, which is why Calor’s investment in its LNG refuelling network across the UK is so important. Moving to LNG will help cut the long-haul transport industry’s dependence on diesel, lower CO2 emissions and help haulage companies meet their customers’ increasingly tougher environmental demands.”

Some industry insiders believe that LNG powered trucks could amount to 20% of new HGVs on the road in the next few years.

“For long-haul HGVs, LNG is a low carbon, competitively-priced fuel solution with good availability,” said Mark Gilks, transport specialist at Calor.

“As well as Donington, we operate stations in Lockerbie, Castleford in West Yorkshire, Lymm in Warrington, Grantham, Wolverhampton and Bristol. With plans to expand this network further already underway, we are committed to helping the industry towards a more sustainable future.”