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Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) has redefined the Class 8 truck market with the introduction of the re-engineered Volvo VNL tractor. This groundbreaking vehicle, crafted meticulously by the U.S. team over six years, stands as the foundational platform for not only current transportation technologies but also future innovations ranging from diesel to renewable fuel systems.

Revolutionizing Class 8 Trucks: The Volvo VNL

The Volvo VNL, available in six distinct cab configurations, embodies the pinnacle of truck design with a focus on key aspects:

  • Fuel Efficiency: Each element of the VNL is optimized to reduce fuel consumption, making it an eco-friendly choice in the heavy-duty truck segment.
  • Safety: The VNL is built with the safety of the driver and other road users in mind, integrating the most advanced safety features.
  • Driver Productivity: Understanding the needs of drivers, the VNL is designed to maximize productivity, ensuring comfort and ease of use.
  • Connected Services: Leveraging the power of technology, the VNL is a hub of connected services, aimed at enhancing the management and operational efficiency of the fleet.
  • Uptime: Every component of the VNL is engineered to guarantee maximum uptime, ensuring that the truck spends more time on the road delivering value.

VTNA has announced that it will open order books for the new VNL by April, with the production set at the Volvo Trucks New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia. The first deliveries are anticipated in the second half of 2024, marking a significant milestone in the trucking industry.

A Beacon of Innovation and Sustainability

Peter Voorhoeve, President of VTNA, described the new Volvo VNL as the most innovative, fuel-efficient, and safest truck ever produced by the company. The truck not only boasts remarkable aerodynamics and performance improvements but also introduces an unparalleled driver environment coupled with industry-leading proprietary active safety systems. The Volvo VNL is more than just a truck; it’s a versatile platform ready to incorporate future technologies such as battery-electric fuel cells and autonomous trucks, aligning perfectly with the sustainability goals to transition towards a decarbonized transport solution.

Interior Design: A Home Away From Home

The Volvo VNL goes beyond being just a vehicle; it’s a mobile living space. Particular attention has been given to the interior design, especially in the VNL 860 model, to create a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere. This focus on comfort and practicality underscores VTNA’s commitment to enhancing the driver’s experience.

Connectivity: The Most Connected Truck Ever

Nicole Portello, VTNA’s Chief Digital Officer, highlighted the new VNL as the company’s “most connected truck ever”. This is a testament to the extensive Volvo Connect telematics platform, which integrates all of Volvo Trucks’ digital services into one platform. This connectivity not only improves fleet management but also sets a new standard in the industry for digital integration within heavy-duty trucks.

Compliant with Future Regulations and Embracing Environmental Responsibility

The Volvo VNL is not just a product of innovation; it’s also a forward-thinking solution compliant with upcoming regulations. The Federal clean truck rules necessitate the creation of environmentally friendly heavy-duty equipment, and the new VNL is designed to meet these standards now and in the future. The focus on emission reductions aligns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s goals and ensures that the VNL remains a competitive and sustainable option for fleet owners and owner-operators.

Powertrain and Safety: Customized for Excellence

VTNA understands the diverse needs of its customers and offers the flexibility to choose optimal powertrain packages based on specific application duty cycles and fuel efficiency goals. The Volvo D13 engine, with five different horsepower and torque ratings, provides options to cater to various operational requirements. Additionally, customers have the liberty to select from multiple safety packages, ensuring that their trucks are equipped with the best technology to meet fleet safety goals.

A Commitment to American Innovation and Quality

Volvo Trucks has invested $400 million in upgrading its cab plant to pave the way for the all-new Volvo VNL. This investment is not just in technology but also in a commitment to American innovation and quality. Since 1982, VTNA has proudly built all its North American trucks in the U.S. As Voorhoeve proudly states, “This is a truck designed in America, developed in America, and built in America.”