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First refuelling in Finland for Volvo’s new LNG-powered truck

Sweden-headed truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks, part of Volvo Group has introduced the first LNG-powered heavy-duty truck offering an alternative for heavy regional and long-haul operations in Finland. Announced to the market in late 2017, the Volvo FH LNG is touted as an alternative to diesel engines for long-haul applications, including for towing full trailers in Finland where LNG is becoming a more common fuel.

The first Volvo FH LNG powered truck in Finland refuelling at Gasum’s Turku LNG filling station (photo courtesy Gasum).

According to the Finland-headed gas distributor and biogas producer Gasum Oy, liquefied natural gas (LNG) offers a cleaner and cost-effective alternative fuel to fossil diesel aimed at heavy-duty transport. Its use provides many benefits as, compared with other fuels, LNG generates lower amounts of local carbon and fine particulate matter (PM) emissions.

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 percent 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 Vesa Soppi Volvo Business Solutions Manager, Volvo Finland.

Finland’s first Volvo FH LNG truck was refuelled at Gasum’s Turku gas filling station. Manufactured in Gothenburg, Sweden, the gas-powered 6×2 truck can be ordered in Finland from Volvo Finland AB dealers.

Expanding gas filling station network

LNG-fueled vehicles can be refueled at Gasum’s LNG filling stations, of which there are currently four in Finland: in 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 its 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 a 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, said Jani Arala, Senior Manager, Sales, Gasum.

According to the Finnish Vehicle and Driver Data Register, there are over 4 600 gas-fueled vehicles in use in Finland. The number increased by around 1 000 over the first quarter of 2018.

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