In May, Volvo Trucks launched the new Volvo FM MethaneDiesel truck, a gas-powered truck for long-haul operations enhancing its focus on alternative fuels. This truck can be powered by up to 75% gas and if run on biogas, emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel could be cut by up to 70% compared with a conventional diesel engine.
The world’s most powerful hybrid truck was launched by Volvo Trucks in the first quarter. The Volvo FE Hybrid, the first parallel hybrid from Volvo Trucks, uses techniques able to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 20%, and it makes the truck much more silent. This is a very competitive solution for heavy distribution and waste disposal in urban areas.
Renault Truck has delivered the first serial Renault Premium Distribution hybrid truck (Hybrys Tech). Renault Trucks also continued to extend its offering of fully-electric vehicles, and in October a fully-electric 16-ton Renault Midlum was delivered to the French retail chain Carrefour. The truck is to be used for deliveries to supermarkets in downtown Lyon, France. Renault Trucks also launched a system called Optiroll for the Renault Premium Route Optifuel truck. Optiroll reduces fuel consumption even further.
Volvo has taken the lead in introducing environmentally friendly Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB-compliant products in North America and Europe, with the successful launch of complete new generations of machines affected by the legislation. The company’s new V-ACT engine systems have the hallmarks of lower emissions, better performance, improved operational economy and higher quality. As well as advanced engine monitoring and control, the new Volvo system uses an advanced exhaust after-treatment system that reduces particulate matter by 90% compared to the previous machine series.