Volvo Trucks’ new natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) trucks have received Italy’s Sustainable Truck of the Year 2018 award. It was handed over at a ceremony in connection with the Ecomondo exhibition in Rimini. Volvo Trucks won first prize in the tractor category with the new Volvo FH LNG, which was introduced in Europe this autumn.
The main emphasis is on the trucks’ high energy efficiency and low climate impact. The Volvo FH LNG 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 percent. Running on RNG combined with HVO, however, emissions may drop by up to 100 percent. The jury also took into consideration a range of other parameters in their decision, such as safety, comfort and recyclability.
“Our new generation of gas-powered trucks marks a milestone in our sustainability work and in our long-term aim to achieve zero emissions,” says Lars Mårtensson, Director Environment and Innovation at Volvo Trucks. “By putting the spotlight on sustainability issues and by rewarding significant progress, the Sustainable Truck of the Year award helps drive the development of the transport sector in a sustainable direction.”
Behind the Sustainable Truck of the Year award is Vado e Torno, one of the foremost truck magazines in Italy, in cooperation with Italian university Politechnico di Milano.