Volvo Trucks North America is currently working with Linde Canada, an industrial gas and engineering company, on a one-time pilot program importing five Volvo FH LNG (liquified natural gas) powered trucks to Canada. According to the company, Volvo Trucks first launched the LNG product offering in 2017 with serial production beginning in 2018 for the European markets.
By integrating the Volvo FH LNG-powered trucks into its operations, Linde Canada aims to capture the performance, CO2 emission reductions, and other operational benefits of LNG-powered tractors in its long-haul operations. Part of the planned evaluation at Linde Canada will mirror the fleet’s routine analysis of vehicle and driver fuel economy and take advantage of its sophisticated logistics and scheduling system that minimizes mileage by providing optimal routing, the press release notes.
The deployment of five Volvo FH models fueled by LNG, featuring options of 420, 460, or 500 hp power ratings with up to 2,500 Nm of torque, according Volvo Trucks, will be on the road in Canada later this year. Additionally, the press release states that Linde Canada is building its own LNG supply and infrastructure to integrate the Volvo FH trucks into its fleet.