Volvo Trucks North America, after concluding truck and engine lab testing, today approved the use of renewable diesel fuel for all of its proprietary Volvo engines, offering environmental and cost-savings benefits to customers. Volvo is the first OEM to endorse the use of advanced hydrocarbon renewable diesel fuel.
“Environmental care is a core value of Volvo Trucks, and we are pleased to offer our customers another alternative fuel choice,” said Frank Bio, director of sales development, specialty vehicles and alternative fuels for Volvo Trucks North America. “Availability of renewable diesel fuel is growing in California and throughout the country. Renewable diesel meets the same ASTM D975 standard for petroleum diesel, making it a true ‘drop-in’ fuel.”
Renewable diesel fuel is a second generation alternative fuel and is derived from biomass feedstocks, including oils or animal fats. Unlike conventional biodiesel, which is produced through a trans-esterification process, renewable diesel is made through a different process using the same feedstocks. The resulting fuel has a much lower cloud point, which improves the low temperature performance issues commonly associated with conventional biodiesel, stated a Volvo Trucks news release.
There are multiple benefits to using renewable diesel fuel as a commercial transportation fuel. It has the potential to improve the environmental impact of vehicle operation, reducing particulate matter for pre-EPA 2010 engines. Renewable diesel also requires less maintenance costs when compared with other alternative fuels, and there is no warranty risk for using renewable diesel fuel to power any Volvo model equipped with a Volvo engine, the release stated.
The addition of renewable diesel as an approved fuel for Volvo models is in line with the company’s longstanding focus on the environment since it allows vehicle owners to reduce CO² emissions beyond those coming from the fuel economy improvements in the vehicle itself.
According to the California Air Resources Board, the Life Cycle Analysis of renewable diesel under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard showed reductions in greenhouse gases by 15-80 percent depending on feedstock source. It also increases Volvo’s options for alternative fuels.
Volvo currently offers natural gas-powered versions of its VNL and VNM day cabs, which are built at Volvo’s New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia, where all Volvo Trucks sold in North America are built. The Volvo VNL model features a 12-liter Cummins-Westport ISX12 G engine and the VNM day cab is powered by a factory-installed 8.9 liter Cummins ISL G engine.
Volvo’s commitment to environmental care extends beyond products. On Dec. 1, Volvo Group North America joined 153 other U.S. companies in support of the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to climate action.
Volvo Trucks provides complete transport solutions for professional and demanding customers, offering a full range of medium to heavy duty trucks. Customer support is secured via a global network of 2,200 dealers and workshops in more than 120 countries.
Volvo trucks are assembled in 16 countries across the globe. In 2014 more than 117,000 Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide. Volvo Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, and drive systems for marine and industrial applications. The Group also provides solutions for financing and service. Volvo’s work is based on the core values quality, safety and environmental care.
The Volvo Group, which employs about 100,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2014, the Volvo Group’s sales amounted to about $38.2 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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