Volvo Trucks North America
New Volvo VNL 860 long-haul tractor-trailer.

New Volvo VNL sets sights on trucking's next decade

Jan. 24, 2024
The redesigned, reimagined Class 8 truck will serve as Volvo Trucks North America's base platform for current and future fuel technologies. The new VNL is packed with Volvo innovations to make it safer and more fuel-efficient.

Volvo Trucks North America is reimagining the Class 8 truck with a re-engineered Volvo VNL tractor developed by its U.S. team over the past six years. OEM leaders said it will be the base platform for current and future transportation technologies—from diesel to renewable fuels. 

The newly designed VNL, available in six cab configurations, was designed for fuel efficiency, safety, driver productivity, connected services, and uptime. VTNA leaders said it would open order books by April for the new VNL, which will be produced at the Volvo Trucks New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, with first deliveries during the second half of 2024. 

"This is our most innovative, fuel-efficient, and safest truck ever," Peter Voorhoeve, VTNA president, said during the OEM's virtual unveiling of the vehicle during a YouTube live stream on Jan. 23. "From our aerodynamics and performance improvements, best-in-class driver environment to our new industry-leading proprietary active safety systems, with the new Volvo VNL we are introducing the platform for all our future technologies such as battery electric fuel cell and autonomous trucks. Products that address and meet our sustainability goals to transition towards a decarbonized transport solution."

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'Most connected truck ever'

Nicole Portello, VTNA's chief digital officer, called the new VNL the company's "most connected truck ever," building on the extensive Volvo Connect telematics platform launched last fall to put all of Volvo Trucks' digital service in one platform for better fleet management. All new Volvo trucks come with a 24-month Volvo Connect subscription.

Federal clean truck rules finalized last year are pushing OEMs to create more environmentally friendly heavy-duty equipment by 2027. The emission reductions pushed by the Environmental Protection Agency will increase as more new, cleaner vehicles enter the market.

Voorhoeve said the new VNL platform was designed "to be compliant with all the regulations now and in the future. I think that the purchasing of your fleet is steered by your replacement cycle. It is steered by your freight demand," he said of fleet customers. "I think if you go with the new VNL, you have a very safe choice to drive your bottom line in a better way for a fleet owner or an owner-operator. We've designed this truck to drive value. It's about fuel efficiency. This is about driver retention. This is about safety. I think all of those considerations are important with purchases before and after 2027."

Fleet customers can choose optimal powertrain packages based on their application duty cycle and fuel efficiency goals by selecting from three powertrain packages featuring the Volvo D13 engine with five different horsepower and torque ratings available. 

Customers can also select from several safety packages so their trucks have the technology to meet fleet safety goals. 

Volvo Trucks spent $400 million to upgrade its cab plant for the all-new Volvo VNL next to its New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia. Since 1982, VTNA has built all its North American trucks in the U.S. "We're very proud of that. This is a truck designed in America, developed in America, and built in America," Voorhoeve said.

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Josh Fisher | Editor-in-Chief

Editor-in-Chief Josh Fisher has been with FleetOwner since 2017, covering everything from modern fleet management to operational efficiency, artificial intelligence, autonomous trucking, regulations, and emerging transportation technology. He is based in Maryland. 

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