March 21, 2013
The Volvo D13-LNG compression-ignition engine utilizes liquefied natural gas (LNG) to deliver increased range and significant fuel efficiency improvements compared with other natural gas-powered offerings.
Volvo’s D13-LNG engine is a continuation of Volvo’s Blue Power natural gas strategy for North America, joining previously announced spark-ignited natural gas engine options for the Volvo VNM and VNL model daycabs.
Ed Saxman, Volvo Trucks product manager – powertrain says the company plans to roll out new products over the entire range of LNG products over the next three years.
“The Volvo D13-LNG offers outstanding power and performance for the long haul while improving fuel efficiency,” said Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “The D13-LNG will enable our customers to increase their driving range through an integrated Volvo powertrain system that offers seamless communication among components.”
The Volvo 13-liter compression-ignition engine uses a small amount of diesel fuel to ignite the LNG, while delivering diesel-like durability and performance in terms of horsepower and torque, Saxman says.
The D13-LNG also provides about a 20 percent fuel efficiency improvement compared with spark-ignition natural gas engines and an even greater fuel cost reduction when compared with diesel-powered engines.
Volvo VNL daycabs powered by the Volvo D13-LNG engine will be available for order during the second half of 2014.