Volvo Trucks plans to introduce a new 13-liter liquefied natural gas engine for its North American over-the-road customers in 2014, the Swedish builder of heavy equipments, including trucks, buses and construction equipment said.
The engine’s advanced high-pressure diesel ignition technology will provide significant fuel efficiency gains compared with current natural gas products, according to Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Trucks North America sales and marketing.
Currently, the only LNG engine Volvo offers is the 9-liter model produced by a partnership of Cummins Inc. and Vancouver, B.C.-based Westport Innovations, a spark-ignited engine. The company also intends to offer a 12-liter spark-ignited model that Cummins has under development.
“Despite the near-term infrastructure questions regarding widespread adoption of natural gas as a heavy-duty truck fuel, it’s clear this segment will grow,” said Huibers.
The Volvo Group, which employs about 115,000 people, has production facilities in 20 countries and sells their products in more than 190 markets. In 2011 annual sales of the Volvo Group amounted to about SEK 310 billion.