Volvo goes green

Volvo Trucks’ main message at the IAA show in Hanover is that tomorrow’s transport will be sustainable in terms of energy and economy.  The company is showing “unique new green technologies.”  It will also give its new Volvo FMX construction truck a premier at the show.  The firm says is working to find the best alternative fuels and to increase its trucks’ fuel efficiency.  It has an FM powered by a 13-litre diesel engine running on methane gas and diesel on show; it says it is the first to run diesel engines on gas.  Compared with older gas engines, the efficiency rating is up by between 30 and 40%.  “This technology is one of the fuel types that Volvo is evaluating,” it says.
There is a hybrid driveline on show, based on a 7-litre engine.  This will appear in a hybrid version of the Volvo FE in 2011.
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