Volvo Trucks announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show the addition of a natural gas-powered Volvo VNL daycab.
This is a unique point in time in regards to dealing with fuel efficiency, said Ron Huibers, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing
“There is an alignment of interest among industry, manufacturers and government,” Huibers said.
The Volvo VNL daycab offers customers a larger – 123-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) and is rated up to 80,000 GCWR – and more robust spec than the natural-gas powered Volvo VNM daycab. Introduced in 2011, the VNM daycab features a 113-inch BBC and is rated up to 66,000 lbs. GCWR.
The natural gas-powered VNL model will be equipped with a 12-liter, 400 horsepower, 1,450 lb-ft. torque Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine that uses cost-effective, clean-burning compressed or liquefied natural gas and requires only a three-way catalyst to meet EPA 2010 emissions standards.
Volvo is currently operating natural gas-powered VNL demonstrator trucks, with production beginning in conjunction with commercial availability of the 12-liter gas engine.