Volvo Trucks North America, part of the Volvo Group, will add the Volvo VNL daycab to its range of heavy duty natural gas powered trucks. The Volvo VNL daycab offers customers a larger – 123-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) and is rated up to 80,000 lbs. 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 (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) 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, which Cummins Westport says will be early 2013. Volvo says the US-assembled truck is optimal for regional transport, intermodal distribution, fuel distribution or pickup and delivery.
(This article compiled using information from a Volvo Trucks North America press release)