Volvo Cars Launching A Bi-Fuel Version Of Its V60

Volvo Car Group unveiled its new Volvo V60 Bi-Fuel car in conjunction with the NGV 2013 Gothenburg event being held between June 11 and 13 at the Swedish Exhibition Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Sales for the new bi-fuel V60 will start in October 2013 in Sweden.

Volvo developed the bi-fuel version of the V60 with the help of Westport Innovations Inc.

“Demand for natural gas vehicles in Sweden is expected to increase in response to the pending extension of the Government of Sweden alternative fuel tax incentive program,” said Ian Scott, Executive Vice President, Westport. “The launch of this product provides a new option for corporate and municipal fleet customers.”

The new Volvo V60 Bi-Fuel car runs on either compressed natural gas (CNG)/biomethane or gasoline, and is a sporty station wagon. With a 213 horsepower engine, the Bi-Fuel system offers a total driving range of 1,120 kilometers (696 miles) and when renewable CNG (biomethane) is used as a vehicle fuel, greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced compared to gasoline.

The new V60 is an expansion of Volvo Car Group’s Bi-Fuel product line.

Westport and Volvo Car Group are currently in discussions to expand the Volvo V60 Bi-Fuel car into other markets.

Starting in 2009, Westport – the sole supplier of natural gas fuel systems to Volvo Car Group – has developed and installed natural gas systems for the Volvo V70 station wagon at a facility located inside Volvo’s main production centre in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Natural Gas Vehicles, a Global Strategic Business Report, projects that the number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Sweden will triple between 2010 and 2018, from 31,179 to 92,657.