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LNG hitting the roads

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Volvo has introduced the first LNG powered heavy duty truck offering a viable alternative for heavy regional and long-haul operations in Finland.

Announced to the market in late 2017, the Volvo FH LNG provides an alternative to diesel engines for long-haul applications. A clean and cost-effective alternative, LNG is becoming a more common fuel for heavy-duty vehicles on Finland’s roads.

“As regards heavy-duty fleets, LNG is the best alternative to diesel among the currently available solutions. The tank-to-wheel carbon dioxide emissions of the new Volvo FH LNG truck are at least 20% lower than those from fossil fuel use. The demand for the new model has been a positive surprise, and the first orders have already been submitted to the factory,” says Volvo Business Solutions Manager, Vesa Soppi.

Finland’s first Volvo FH LNG truck was refueled at Gasum’s Turku gas filling station.

Expanding gas filling station network responding to growing demand

LNG fueled vehicles can be refueled at all of Gasum’s LNG filling stations, of which there are currently four in Finland: in Helsinki, Vantaa, Turku, and Jyväskylä.

Gasum is committed to the development of a low-emission road fuel gas market. In line with this, several new stations will be added to the Gasum gas filling station network this year. LNG stations are being planned for locations including Kuopio, Lahti, Oulu, and Seinäjoki. Gasum aims to expand its LNG filling station network also to Sweden and Norway during this year. The purpose of the gas filling station network expansion is to respond to the growing demand for LNG to fuel heavy-duty fleets seen throughout the Nordic countries.

Indeed, according to the Vehicular and Driver Data Register, there are now more than 4600 gas-fueled vehicles in use in Finland. The number increased by around 1000 through Q1 2018.

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