Volvo Car Corporation is one of the sponsors of limousines and other cars for the United Nations COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen from December 7 to 18, 2009.
Heads of state from 98 countries including Ireland together with many other prominent visitors will have the use of 60 Volvo S80 and Volvo V70 cars - both Flexifuel models powered by bioethanol and diesel-powered DRIVe models with CO2 emissions of just 129 g/km.
"We support COP15's efforts to systematically reduce global CO2 emissions. ‘DRIVe Towards Zero' is our vision for developing cars entirely free from harmful exhaust emissions and environment-impacting carbon dioxide. Our aim for 2020 is to bring the average emissions from our models down to 90-100g CO2 per kilometre," says Stephen Odell, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Corporation.
Already Volvo produces the Volvo C30 DRIVe, that emits a class leading average of just 99 grams of CO2 per kilometre and has a fuel consumption of only 3.8 litres/100 km, in its model programme.
Wide range of Flexifuel (E85) cars
Volvo Cars has one of the market's broadest Flexifuel ranges. All told five models - the Volvo C30, S40, V50, V70 and S80 - are available with E85 engines.
Flexifuel cars can be run on bioethanol E85 (85 percent bioethanol, 15 percent petrol) or on unleaded petrol, or on any mixture of these two fuels. The carbon dioxide produced from ethanol is part of nature's own carbon lifecycle.
Seven DRIVe models
Volvo's DRIVe range currently consists of seven extremely fuel-efficient diesel models. The Volvo S80 and Volvo V70 DRIVe are powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine. The fuel consumption (EU Combined) is 4.9 l/100 km, which translates into CO2 emissions of 129 g/km - a particularly competitive figure for large premium cars.
"The DRIVe models are proving particularly popular in Ireland with typical VRT and Road Tax bands of either A or B, meaning road tax of €156 or less per annum. While the car market is certainly difficult at the moment, there is strong interest in Volvo's highly fuel efficient DRIVe models in Ireland" stated David Baddeley, Managing Director of Volvo Car Ireland. "The inclusion of a scrappage scheme in the forthcoming budget would further encourage a faster transition of cars in use to newer models with significantly lower CO2 outputs" he added.