heavy duty gas engines AVL STEPS ON THE GAS TO FUEL HD VEHICLES Based on a converted diesel-fueled engine, AVL has developed an engine that runs on natural gas and is just as powerful and efficient as a modern diesel-fueled engine. In Europe, heavy-duty vehicles are almost exclusively driven by diesel fuel, the majority of which is consumed by long-haul trucks. Until recently, natural gas played merely a peripheral role, yet the increasingly abundant and affordable supply of natural gas has caused a surge of interest 3 2 F O C U S and has propelled the demand for gaseous-fueled engines for medium and heavy-duty applications significantly, and that on a global scale. For manufacturers, the natural-gas engine has now progressed from being a niche product to being a key product. “The phenomenon is not limited to North America. It has become a key theme in several world markets including China, due to the abundant natural gas resources located in the country. In Europe, too, the demand for natural-gas powered engines is growing at a fast pace, > The thermal efficiency and the level of performance of the gas engine technology developed by AVL correspond to a heavy-duty diesel engine.
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