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Linde Canada deploys Volvo FH LNG trucks

Aug. 24, 2023
‘Exclusive, one-time pilot’ features five liquified natural gas-powered FH trucks with up to 132,000 lbs. GCW, 500 hp, and 620 miles of range

Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) is working with industrial gas specialist Linde Canada to test trucks powered by liquified natural gas (LNG) in Canada.

The “exclusive, one-time pilot” includes five Volvo FH LNG tractors.

The vehicle manufacturer first launched its LNG offering in 2017, with serial production beginning in 2018 for European markets. The trucks already have demonstrated “exceptional torque, performance and durability,” while reducing CO2 emissions, Volvo said.

FH gas-powered trucks are designed for long-haul transport, with up to 60 tonnes (132,277 lbs.) of gross combined weight, 500 hp, and a 1,000-km range (621 miles). Combined with Westport’s high-pressure direct gas-injection system, these vehicles offer the drivability, performance, and torque levels of diesel engines, but with lower CO2 emissions. 

“By embracing innovative technologies, Volvo Trucks continues to lead the shift in reducing CO2 emissions and bolstering environmental benefits through sustainable fuel options, including battery-electric and fuel-cell hydrogen,” Paul Kudla, VTNA managing director for Canada, said in a news release. “Volvo’s LNG fueling approach—widely adopted in Europe—has proven its effectiveness in reducing CO2 emissions, offering fleets both a sustainable and efficient solution.

“We are excited to enable Linde Canada to move forward with this one-time pilot project utilizing their extensive experience with LNG vehicles and existing fueling infrastructure.”

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 analysis of vehicle and driver fuel economy and take advantage of its logistics and scheduling system that minimizes mileage by providing optimal routing. The deployment of five Volvo FH models fueled by LNG, featuring options of 420, 460, or 500 hp ratings with up to 2,500 Nm of torque, will be on the road in Canada later this year. Linde Canda is building its own LNG supply and infrastructure for a seamless integration of the FH trucks into its fleet, the companies said.  

“Linde is committed to investing in our planet and is moving toward a lower carbon footprint with significant reductions by 2030 and net-zero by 2050,” said Laura Lunt, Linde Canada director of energy services. “Linde is working with Volvo Trucks and importing FH 460 hp Class 8 tractors to operate alongside our existing Volvo Trucks diesel Class 8 tractors on a Canadian trial. We believe LNG technology is one way we will achieve our goals for our transportation fleet.” 

The use of LNG as a fuel offers several advantages, including a greater energy density compared to compressed natural gas (CNG), to deliver similar range to diesel and a 20% reduction in tank-to-wheel CO2 emissions compared to diesel. Additionally, LNG engines enhance the driver’s experience by delivering significant noise reduction, and smoother operating characteristics compared to a diesel equivalent.

“Volvo’s LNG fueling approach has been widely adopted in Europe and LNG is widely used in the global market as a whole so we have full confidence in the success of this pilot project,” Westport CEO David Johnson said.

“Westport’s goal is to enable its OEM partners’ decarbonization plans with LNG and other internal combustion engine offerings that will continue to be viable solutions for the foreseeable future.”