March 18, 2014
The lineup includes 12 vehicles spanning regional haul, long haul, heavy haul and vocational segments.
“The innumerable intricacies that exist between various segments require continued development of application-specific vehicles and specifications. We’ve taken the same comprehensive approach with our alternative fuels strategy and work toward offering a range of engine and fuel options that consider operational and geographic needs and infrastructure realities,” says Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “Over the past three years, we’ve expanded our vehicle lineup with the launch of the VAH, tailored to the specific needs of autohaulers, and the VNX for heavy-haul operations. Our most recent introduction, the Optimized Series for regional applications, brings together features proven to improve cost of ownership. It’s an approach we’ll extend in other segments.”
The Optimized Series models on display highlight fuel- and weight-saving specifications for regional tanker, bulk haul, refrigerated, dry van or flatbed applications.
Optimized Series Volvo VNM 200
Optimized Series Volvo VNM 430 mid-roof
Optimized Series Volvo VNL 630 mid-roof
Volvo VNL 780
Volvo VNL 730
Volvo VNL 670
Introduced at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show, the powerful Volvo VNX was developed for applications up to 225,000 pounds, like long combination vehicles, heavy equipment hauling and specialized loads.
Volvo VNM and VNL models are available with spark-ignited gas engines powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG), depending on specification. While spark-ignited engines are meeting near-term market demand, Volvo is also developing a proprietary compression ignition LNG engine and an engine fuelled by dimethyl ether (DME), made from natural gas or a variety of domestic sources. Both engines are part of Volvo’s long-term “Blue Power” alternative fuels strategy to address future demand as it eventually grows within the broader heavy-duty market.
Volvo VNL 300 CNG
Volvo VNL 300 LNG
Volvo VNL 300 DME
Tough and nimble, the Volvo VHD serves a wide range of vocational segments like construction, refuse and municipalities. The Volvo VAH auto hauler model serves a relatively limited but vital segment of the market responsible for passenger vehicle transport.
Volvo VHD 200 Axle Forward
Volvo VAH 430