Interesting truck news out of Germany with the Italians overlooking a homegrown product and instead naming the new Volvo FH LNG the 2018 Sustainable Truck of the Year.
The homegrown product is of course the LNG-powered Iveco Stralis, of which a new 460hp version was recently unveiled.
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In announcing the Swedish product as the winner of this year’s award, given by the popular Italian truck magazine, Vado e Torno, in cooperation with Italian university Politechnico di Milano, judges said “Volvo is raising the level of natural gas-powered trucks”.
Volvo, in welcoming the award, said the truck has the same high performance and low fuel consumption as a diesel-powered Volvo truck, but far lower CO2 emissions.
If natural gas is used as a fuel, emissions are cut by 20%.
While running on renewable biogas combined with HVO, emissions may drop by up to 100%.
The jury also took into consideration a range of other parameters in their decision, such as safety, comfort and recyclability.
Lars Mårtensson, Director Environment and Innovation at Volvo Trucks, welcomed the recognition.
“Our new generation of gas-powered trucks marks a milestone in our sustainability work and in our long-term aim to achieve zero emissions.
“We are delighted that our efforts are receiving such attention.
“By putting the spotlight on sustainability issues and by rewarding signficant progress, the Sustainable Truck of the Year award helps drive the development of the transport sector in a sustainable direction.”
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