Options Could Bring the Total for FVG to 640 CNG Volvo V70s
Westport reported an order in Sweden for at least 400 Volvo V70 taxis using its bi-fuel compress natural gas-gasoline fuel systems. The buyer is FVG/Fågelviksgruppen, which operates some 6,000 taxis in such fleets as TaxiKurir, Taxi 020, Taxi Skåne, and TaxisNorge.
Orders for the first 200 vehicles have been received for delivery beginning this year with completion planned for the end of February, states a release, which adds, “Westport expects the balance to be delivered by the third quarter 2016.”
“FVG is committed to reduce its environmental footprint. We have evaluated several different environmentally friendly cars and found that Volvo Bi-Fuel is a very attractive and a right choice as a taxi vehicle,” says Ole Oftedal, CEO of FVG, says in the Westport release.
Reliability, Fuel Economy, Low Emissions
FVG operates 6,000 taxis in fleets such as TaxiKurir, Taxi 020, Taxi Skåne, and TaxisNorge, Westport says. “Currently, older bi-fuel Volvo cars are used by fleets in the Stockholm area, but the new taxis will be deployed throughout the country,” the announcement states.
“The new 2016 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel offers fleets like FVG’s the reliability and fuel economy of the latest Volvo powertrain technology with the emissions benefits they seek,” says Per-Inge Kruse, Westport’s customer director in Sweden.
The bi-fuel V70 is powered by Volvo’s new 2-liter direct injection, four-cylinder “Drive-E” powertrain. The engine offers 245 horsepower and 350NM in torque, with emissions in the V70 model as low as 41 frams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (according to the Swedish Transport Administration’s calculation method for biomethane).
The bi-fuel V70s were developed with Volvo Car Sverige and Upplands Motor, Westport says.
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