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VW to use 100 LNG trucks in new German green initiative

More than 100 Scania LNG trucks will be used in northern Germany, in an initiative to make the transport activities of the Volkswagen Group more environmentally compatible.

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Volkswagen will start using more than 100 LNG trucks in bit to be “greener”. The new project is supported by the German Government, associations and gas suppliers.

To speed up the implementation, participants recently met at a “LNG Truck Day” in Wolfsburg, according to Scania.

“Lower-emission trucks are a key element in our Green Logistics sustainability initiative. With yesterday’s LNG Truck Day, we provided impetus for the use of trucks with alternative powertrains,” Thomas Zernechel, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics.

Support package

At the gathering Volkswagen Group Logistics, Scania, the gas suppliers participating and 18 regional forwarders all gave their support to sustainable logistics. More than 100 Scania LNG trucks are to be made available to the Group’s freight forwarders in the north of Germany. The German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure will provide forwarders with a support package for the purchase of trucks. Gas suppliers are to construct LNG refueling stations in the region.

“Countries such as Spain, the Netherlands or France are in a significantly better position with regard to LNG supplies for road transport. Germany urgently needs to catch up,” said Frank Bonaldo, spokesperson for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Reduction of emissions

LNG is considerably more environmentally compatible than conventional fuels, according to the two companies. Scania trucks with an LNG powertrain emit up to 20% less CO2 than comparable diesel engines. The use of regional and local biogas even reduces CO2 emissions by as much as 90% in addition to the improvement in the carbon dioxide balance, these powertrains emit some 95% less nitrogen oxides (NOx). Less particulate matter is produced during combustion and particulate emissions are almost completely avoided (-95%). Compared with diesel engine trucks, the noise levels produced by combustion are reduced by about 50% (-3 db).

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