Volvo, Mack partnering with Shell in LNG push
Volvo and Mack trucks announced a formal agreement with Shell Wednesday to collaborate and coordinate activities supporting the wider use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.
“Customer interest in natural gas as a heavy-duty truck fuel will only continue to grow,” Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing says. “We plan to introduce our own Volvo LNG-fuelled engine in 2014, and this agreement is part of our effort to collaborate with various stakeholders to ensure that the market is supported with the necessary infrastructure.”
“Mack has had natural gas-powered vehicles in customer service since 2009, and we look forward to working with Shell and other fuel providers to further support the burgeoning natural gas truck market here in North America,” Kevin Flaherty, president of Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing says.
The truck makers’ agreements with Shell are global and non-exclusive, and will include collaboration on issues including emissions and fuel specification, as well as increased knowledge sharing.
Volvo Trucks announced the development of its proprietary 13-liter LNG engine for North America last May.
Mack recently delivered its first natural gas-powered MACK Pinnacle model to UPS, offering an LNG solution for on-highway applications. Mack also announced plans to launch a natural gas-powered MACK Granite for the construction segment in 2013.
Both models will be equipped with the Cummins Westport ISX12G spark-ignited engine, which can run on LNG as well as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Volvo currently offers a natural gas-powered option for the Volvo VNM daycab, with plans to offer a natural gas-powered version of the Volvo VNL daycab beginning in 2013.