Volvo has introduced the first LNG-powered heavy-duty truck offering a viable alternative for heavy regional and long-haul operations in Finland.
Announced to the market in late 2017, the Volvo FH LNG provides an alternative to diesel engines for long-haul applications, including for towing full trailers. A clean and cost-effective alternative, LNG is becoming a more common fuel for heavy-duty vehicles on Finland’s roads.
“As regards heavy-duty fleets, LNG is the best alternative to diesel among the currently available solutions. The tank-to-wheel carbon dioxide emissions of the new Volvo FH LNG truck are at least 20% lower than those from fossil fuel use. The demand for the new model has been a positive surprise, and the first orders have already been submitted to the factory,” said Volvo Business Solutions Manager Vesa Soppi.
Finland’s first Volvo FH LNG truck was refuelled at Gasum’s Turku gas filling station.
Expanding gas filling station network responding to growing demand
LNG-fuelled vehicles can be refuelled at Gasum’s LNG filling stations, of which there are currently four in Finland: Helsinki, Vantaa, Turku and Jyväskylä. Gasum is committed to the development of a low-emission road fuel gas market. In line with this, several new stations will be added to the Gasum gas filling station network this year. LNG stations are being planned for locations including Kuopio, Lahti, Oulu and Seinäjoki. Gasum aims to expand its LNG filling station network also to Sweden and Norway during this year. The purpose of the gas filling station network expansion is to respond to the growing demand for LNG to fuel heavy-duty fleets seen throughout the Nordic countries.
“We are very excited to be now able to offer a more efficient and cleaner alternative to diesel in heavy long-haul transport. We know that the number of LNG-powered vehicles will increase in Finland. There is clear demand among our customers for LNG-powered vehicles as enterprises want to cut their costs as well as their emissions in the various parts of the value chain. Volvo is one of Finland’s best-selling heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers and this a popular model,” Jani Arala, Gasum’s Senior Manager of Sales, explained.
According to the Vehicular and Driver Data Register, there are more than 4,600 gas-fuelled vehicles in use in Finland. The number increased by around 1,000 over the first quarter of 2018.