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Volvo, Mack collaborate with Shell on LGN initiative

Volvo is now taking orders for the natural gas-powered version of the Volvo VNL daycab, with delivery in the third quarter of 2013. (Courtesy: VOLVO TRUCKS)

The Trucker News Services

3/27/2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks announced March 27 a collaboration with Shell to coordinate efforts and support activities that encourage the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel for commercial vehicles.

“Mack has had natural gas-powered vehicles in customer service since 2009, and we look forward to working with Shell and other fuel providers to further support the burgeoning natural gas truck market here in North America,” said Kevin Flaherty, president of Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing.

The agreement with both trucking companies will foster collaboration on multiple issues, including emissions and fuel specification, as well as increased knowledge sharing. The agreement is non-exclusive.  

“Customer interest in natural gas as a heavy-duty truck fuel will only continue to grow,” said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing.  “We plan to introduce our own Volvo LNG-fuelled engine in 2014, and this agreement is part of our effort to collaborate with various stakeholders to ensure that the market is supported with the necessary infrastructure.”

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Mack has long been a leader in alternative driveline solutions, and began offering a natural gas-powered MACK TerraPro refuse vehicle when it became clear that natural gas was a viable heavy-duty truck fuel for closed-loop applications, Flaherty said.

Mack also recently delivered its first natural gas-powered MACK Pinnacle model, offering an LNG solution for on-highway applications. The natural gas-powered MACK Granite will be available later in 2013, according to Mack officials.

Volvo Trucks announced the development of its proprietary 13-liter LNG engine for North America in May. The engine’s advanced high pressure diesel ignition technology will provide significant fuel efficiency gains compared with spark-ignited natural gas engines, making it a viable solution for long-haul trucking applications, Nyberg said. The company’s proprietary Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmission also will be available for customers to specify.

The company currently offers a natural gas-powered option for the Volvo VNM daycab. Volvo is now taking orders for the natural gas-powered version of the Volvo VNL daycab, with delivery in the third quarter of 2013, according to Volvo officials. Both models utilize spark-ignited engines.

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