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Volvo’s Carbon-Dioxide-Neutral Trucks Visit Washington, D.C.

Tue March 11, 2008 - National Edition
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After the Volvo Group’s showcasing of carbon-dioxide-neutral trucks in Stockholm and Brussels last year, it is now Washington, DC’s turn. In conjunction with the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC) arranged by the U.S. State Department, the Volvo Group presented seven different trucks, all of which can be driven without any net contribution of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

During the conference, held from March 4 through 6, the Volvo Group displayed seven different trucks; four Volvo FMs, two Volvo VNs and a Mack Pinnacle, which are equipped with engines specifically modified to operate with seven different renewable fuels/fuel combinations. At combustion in the vehicle, these fuels do not yield any net contribution of carbon dioxide to the ecocycle and, consequently, do not affect the climate.

In addition to the seven trucks, Mack also displayed a hybrid electric vehicle.

The aim of WIREC is to highlight the global possibilities and challenges in the area of renewable energy. WIREC is a continuation of the environmental conferences held in Bonn in 2004 and Beijing in 2005. Visitors at WIREC included government representatives from 75 countries, politicians and interested parties from business and academia.

“The climate issue is global and one for which the transportation industry has a special responsibility,” said Volvo CEO Leif Johansson.

“By participating in WIREC, we gain the opportunity to show the American public that the Volvo Group is not just part of the problem, but also a part of the solution.”

In conjunction with the conference, the Volvo Group arranged a seminar at which Johansson, Mack Trucks President Paul Vikner, Swedish Minister of Industry, Employment and Communications Maud Olofsson and Andy Karsner, U.S. Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy participated.

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