Volvo showcases new FE CNG and FM City Tipper at Freight in the City Expo 2016

19 October 2016

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Volvo Trucks is displaying its new Euro 6-compliant 4x2 FE-320 CNG (Compressed Natural Gas)-fuelled rigid and a dedicated specification FM-500 8x4 ‘City Tipper’ at the one-day Freight in the City Expo 2016, which takes place on Wednesday 2nd November at Alexandra Palace, London.

In addition to the new FM ‘City Tipper', this is also the first UK public showing of the new, gas powered, Euro-6 FE CNG, which the company is confident will generate considerable interest from both private and public sector operators.

The example on display, a day-cab 4x2 rigid, is specified for city distribution and is fitted with a fridge body. The new FE CNG is also designed as a quiet, efficient, low-emission truck to meet the needs of refuse collection and recycling companies working in the urban environment.

FE CNG rigid

The FE CNG is available to order now for operation in the UK and Ireland as either a 4x2 18 tonnes GVW rigid, or as a 6x2 26 tonner. Like the FE CNG, the FM ‘City Tipper' is also available to order via Volvo's UK and Ireland dealer network.

At the heart of the new FE CNG is the 320hp, Euro-6 compliant Volvo G9K, 6-cylinder in-line, 4-stroke spark-ignition engine, with water-cooled, waste-gate turbocharger and stoichiometric, cooled exhaust gas recirculation (SEGR) combustion, plus exhaust after-treatment.           

As the G9K engine is a spark-ignition engine fitted with a 3-way catalyst, there is of course no requirement to fit a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). Likewise, SCR and AdBlue are not required as the G9K is fuelled purely by gas. Another major benefit of using the G9K engine is that the CO2 emissions of a CNG engine are some 20% less than those of a diesel powered unit.

The volume of CNG fuel, which is carried in three, chassis-mounted, 100-litre cells on this example, is approximately 117 kgs. This will provide in the region of the same amount of energy as 117 litres of diesel. Thus the range on this particular FE CNG will be between 80 and 400km. The FE CNG at the show has a total capacity of around 120 m³ of gas, which is compressed to 200 bar as standard. There is also the option of an additional two, 100 litre cells providing a further 80 m³ of CNG capacity. The wheelbase of the FE CNG on display is 4750 mm.

The G9K Euro-6 engine provides 320 hp at 2050 rpm and 1356 Nm of torque between 1300 and 1400 rpm. The gearbox is a 6-speed, Allison automatic with hydraulic retarder. The air-suspended 11.5 tonne rear axle is the Volvo RS1344C with a final drive ratio of 5.29:1. The front axle is rated at 8.0 tonnes providing a useful degree of loading tolerance for fridge and multi-drop distribution operators, for example.

FM ‘City Tipper'

The FM ‘City Tipper', which Freight in the City visitors can see on the Volvo Trucks stand, features a specification aimed at operators delivering materials to urban construction projects.

Safety for Vulnerable Road Users, including pedestrians and cyclists, is a major focus for this truck which offers a lower window in the passenger door and a forward facing camera system. For urban use, a lower driver position is also available as an option.

The fitment of low profile 385/55R22.5 tyres on the front axles and 315/70R22.5 tyres on both drive axles aids the lower driving position and improved visibility. The FM ‘City Tipper's' side guards and mudwings are also designed to protect other road users.

The 5100 mm wheelbase chassis has been prepared for installation of a crane / grab, mounted behind the cab.

To further aid operational efficiency when working in the urban environment, the air-suspended RTS2370A tandem drive axles, with 2.83:1 ratio, feature Volvo's Tandem Lift which enables the rearmost axle drive to be disengaged and lifted when operating on-site, at low speed when unladen.

The FM ‘City Tipper' also comes specified with the I-Shift Crawler Gear automated gearbox, which features an ultra-low crawler ratio of 17.54:1 capable of providing an even greater degree of control when manoeuvring in the confined spaces often associated with city construction projects.

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