Vehicles running on renewable fuels

The Volvo Group’s ability to produce carbon dioxide-neutral vehicles has already been demonstrated in several vehicles. The research and development within this area continues, in order to present new products running on renewable fuels.

In 2007 the Group produced seven demonstration trucks that were adapted to run on seven renewable fuels. In 2010 the Volvo Group developed an airport snow sweeper running on methane diesel and in 2012 started the series production of the Volvo FM Methane Diesel truck. Read more about these vehicles under Product Development.

In 2007 the Group produced seven demonstration trucks that were adapted to run on seven renewable fuels

BioDME truck

In the framework of the BioDME project funded by the EU and the Swedish Energy Agency, the Volvo Group, together with a number of players including BioDME producer Chemrec and fuel distributor Preem, developed a transport system that encompasses the entire chain from production and distribution of BioDME to operation in Volvo trucks in a number of haulage firms.

From 2010 to 2012, the Volvo Group conducted field tests with ten Volvo FH trucks powered by BioDME, which covered a total of 830,000 km. This was the first time BioDME was used as a vehicle fuel on a large scale, and the evaluation of the field test shows that the BioDME trucks function very well on the road. The technology is reliable and the entire process is characterized by energy-efficiency, from production and distribution all the way to the vehicles themselves.
Use of BioDME instead of diesel will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 95 percent
The Volvo Group will continue to operate the BioDME trucks and further develop the technology towards a future market for BioDME. Use of BioDME instead of diesel will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 95 percent.