Volvo opts for renewable fuel HVO at Swedish customer centre

Volvo CE’s customer centre in Eskilstuna, Sweden is paving the way for a sustainable future by running its demonstration machines on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

The biodiesel fuel is now used in all machines at the customer centre, with the move forming part of the company’s commitment to a more sustainable future. HVO produces very low volumes of carbon dioxide, while retaining a comparable performance to regular diesel.

Commenting on the decision to use biodiesel, Karl Serneberg, director of marketing at Volvo CE, said: “Not only does the fuel-in-use have a very low carbon footprint, we also looked at HVO from a total supply chain perspective, and source it from the closest possible producer, making the overall environmental impact even more positive.”

The company added that the HVO fuel wasn’t introduced sooner at the centre in Sweden due to difficulty in establishing a consistent supply, as the fuel isn’t currently widely available.

“Volvo CE approves all of our machines to run on HVO,” continued Serneberg. “No special modifications to the engine are required, and they work just as efficiently on HVO as they do with regular diesel.

“We have been using HVO at the customer centre since last summer. Before we could do that there were some practicalities to get sorted, for instance cleaning the oil tanks. Then, the first delivery of HVO was at the end of August, and we have been successfully running our machines at the centre on HVO ever since.”

HVO is becoming increasingly accessible, with the price differential between biodiesel and regular diesel narrowing. The fuel also uses the same tanks and pumps, making the switch to the renewable fuel easy.

“Volvo strives to create a more sustainable world,” Serneberg concluded. “It’s all part of the bigger journey we are on, driving Volvo CE into a cleaner future and building the world we want to live in.”

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