Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) has added a factory-installed natural gas option to its VNM day cab models.
The truck is powered by a 9L, 320-hp., Cummins Westport ISL G engine producing 1,000 lbs.-ft. of torque. It can be run on either compressed or liquefied natural gas. The heavy-duty engine features “maintenance-free aftertreatment, requiring only a three-way catalyst to meet EPA 2010 emissions standards,” VTNA said.
“Localized or closed-loop operations present a great opportunity for companies to utilize our nation’s abundant domestic supply of natural gas,” said Ron Huibers, senior vice president – sales and marketing. “Volvo is already delivering the cleanest trucks in the world in terms of regulated emissions, and now we’re offering an alternative fuel option to move our nation’s goods while emitting less CO2.”
Talon Logistics, the transportation division of Giant Eagle, a food and fuel retailer with stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland, received the first 10 natural-gas trucks. Talon also received Volvo’s first EPA 2010-certified trucks in November 2009.