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Volvo Trucks announces expansion of its range of biodiesel vehicles

Volvo Trucks has announced it is expanding its range of models suitable for biodiesel B100.

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In a press release, the manufacturer said the move represented another strategic step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its truck fleet.

B100 is now available for a wide range of engines for Volvo models FL, FE, FM, FMX, FH and FH16. The available Volvo trucks certified for Biodiesel B100 are the Volvo models FL, FE, FM, FMX, FH and FH16 with certain variants of the 5, 8, 13 and 17 liter diesel engines – the availability of the variants varies from market to market. Moreover, all Volvo Trucks diesel engines are also certified to run on HVO100 fuel.

“Our customers are looking for solutions to reduce their CO2 emissions. Renewable fuels are an attractive option – they offer an efficient way to quickly reduce CO2 emissions in transport,” says Jan Hjelmgren, Head of Product Management and Quality, Volvo Trucks, adding: “As a global truck manufacturer, we must meet a variety of transportation requirements and market conditions. That’s why we’re investing not only in future technologies, but also in solutions that decarbonize transport in the short term.”

According to Volvo Trucks, the CO2 saving by using biodiesel (well to wheel) is between 30% and 70% compared to conventional diesel fuel, depending on the type of raw material used to produce the fuel.

Volvo’s current range of medium and heavy-duty trucks are now offered with powertrains that can run on diesel, biodiesel, HVO, CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), Bio-CNG, Bio-LNG and electricity .

The internal combustion engine powered by renewable fuels is one of the three pillars of Volvo Trucks’ decarbonisation strategy, the others being battery-electric and fuel cell-electric drives.