Swedish trial with Volvo biomethane trucks yields very favorable results
Orkla, Gasum and Volvo Trucks entered into cooperation for lower transport emissions in Sweden with a trial period that has ended with very interesting results. This pilot enabled Orkla and its transport partner GDL alike to learn more about the potential economical, operational, and environmental benefits of using bio-LNG as a fuel, and achieve CO2 emission reductions of 90% as well as 25% lower fuel costs.
“The test has shown that we can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 90% while having a very stable transport solution to operate. Something that really supports Orkla’s goal of all domestic transport being completely fossil-free by 2025,” commented Daniel Kojic, Transport Manager, Orkla Foods Sweden.
The expanding station network in Sweden makes it easier for transport and logistics companies across the Nordics to begin using bio-LNG. Gasum runs 13 of the total of 23 LNG stations in Sweden. Gasum’s new filling station in Helsingborg made it possible to drive a gas-powered truck between Orkla’s warehouse in Helsingborg to the Felix ketchup and dressing production facility in Fågelmara, Blekinge.
“The trial period has provided us with a lot of data regarding the economics and sheer practical side of using a gas-powered truck, and the feedback from drivers has been very positive. Refueling has been quick and easy, just as fast as refueling with diesel, and there is less noise compared to diesel trucks. It’s definitely our ambition to drive in an even more climate smart way and with tests like this, it’s obvious that gas has great potential,” said Anders Wendelius, CEO, GDL.
“It’s very pleasing that Orkla confirms how easy and successful it is to drive and refuel gas-powered vehicles. Their test shows what we see ourselves – that transport with gas-powered heavy-duty vehicles is an important step in the transition to fossil-free transports. We can see very good development on the Swedish market, thanks to operational economy, well-proven technology and increasing access to LNG,” said Stefan Strand, Managing Director, Volvo Trucks, Sweden.
“The results of this trial period prove that filling times are as fast as with diesel, there are notable cost savings and on top of that the CO2 emission reductions are significant. It goes to show that renewable fuels are the future, and the future is already here. Aid programs in Sweden like Klimatklivet, Klimatpremien and DriveLBG are important since they ease the transition and encourage more people to take the step and invest in gas-powered vehicles already today,” concluded Mikael Antonsson, Director Traffic Sweden, Gasum.