Volvo now accepting orders for EPA2010 trucks, deliveries begin this year

The cleanest trucks in the world can be ordered today from Volvo Trucks North America, with delivery starting later this year. Customers can place orders now for trucks across Volvo’s product line equipped to meet the EPA2010 emissions standards, using Volvo’s selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. SCR also helps Volvo increase the fuel efficiency of its EPA’10 trucks and reduce their carbon footprint.

Initial production is scheduled for Fall 2009, with deliveries beginning a few weeks later.  These will be initial production trucks, not prototypes or test models.

“A number of customers have expressed an interest in placing SCR-equipped units in their fleets ahead of 2010,” said Scott Kress, senior vice president – sales & marketing.  “This gives early adopters the opportunity to gain familiarity with the technology and the benefits of SCR.  It’s another example of Volvo Trucks following through on our commitment to customers to be ready to go for 2010.  Volvo is ready.  How many other manufacturers can say that?”

“These trucks will deliver the near-zero emissions and improved fuel economy SCR-equipped Volvo trucks have demonstrated over two winters and more than three million miles of North American customer testing,” Kress said.  “We have also demonstrated that our ‘No Regen’ promise is a reality that will bring additional fuel economy improvements by eliminating active regenerations of the diesel particulate filter.”

Orders for approximately 50 Volvo trucks equipped with SCR had been received by mid-June.  Customers can order their EPA’10-ready trucks through their Volvo dealer.

Initiating the process so soon also provides Volvo Trucks the opportunity to efficiently and effectively ramp up production of EPA’10 trucks on its production line at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Va., before the complete changeover next year.  NRV production processes have been modified in recent months in preparation for 2010, and to enhance efficiency and manufacturing quality.

Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values:  Safety, Quality and Environmental Care.  The Volvo VT, VN and VHD trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland.  Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards.  Volvo also sponsors America’s Road Team, a national highway safety outreach program.

Volvo Trucks North America is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services, and one of the world's leading producers of heavy-diesel engines (9-16 liter).  The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service.  The Volvo Group, which employs about 100,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets.  Volvo Group sales for 2008 amounted to over $46 billion.  The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Volvo Shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange and are traded OTC in the U.S.

June 22, 2009

Volvo Trucks North America is now taking orders for trucks equipped with its Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust aftertreatment system (seen here in a cutaway display).  Exhaust enters the top of the diesel particulate filter (DPF) at upper right and exits the DPF at bottom right into the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) decomposition zone.  DEF is injected into the hot exhaust and flows to the SCR catalytic converter (at left), where NOx is converted into nitrogen gas and water.  The now-clean exhaust then exits through the exhaust pipe, at center.

A cutaway showing details of Volvo Trucks North America’s SCR system.  This photo shows an SCR catalytic converter that exhaust passes through as NOx is converted to nitrogen gas and water.

For further information, please contact Jim McNamara, Volvo Trucks North America, phone 336-393-2143, email