Volvo Trucks has recently introduced a new model, the Volvo VNL, in North America, aiming to establish elevated standards in the heavy-duty trucking industry.
The truck incorporates optimised aerodynamics and advanced technologies, resulting in a notable improvement of up to 10% in fuel efficiency. The Class 8 Volvo VNL is specifically designed to address the challenges of the North American market and enhance the driving experience in this sector.
According to Peter Voorhoeve, the President of Volvo Trucks North America, the launch of the all-new Volvo VNL marks the beginning of a transformative era for Volvo Trucks, its customers, and drivers. Voorhoeve emphasised that this introduction represents a significant advancement, building on the legacy initiated by the first generation of the Volvo VN in 1996.
The Volvo VNL is constructed on a fresh platform that accommodates upcoming technologies, including battery-electric, Fuel Cell, and internal combustion engines running on renewable fuels like Hydrogen. Noteworthy features include a 24-volt electrical infrastructure, a first in the North American trucking industry, and the integration of active safety elements, laying the groundwork for the potential future commercialisation of fully autonomous trucks.
Enhancements in fuel efficiency are achieved through redesigned aerodynamics and driveline improvements. The new Volvo VNL boasts a streamlined, wedge-shaped cab design with a redesigned windshield, contributing to the up to 10% increase in fuel efficiency. Other aerodynamic gains stem from a curved and bonded windshield, tighter clearances in turbulent air areas, and a reduced trailer gap.
In terms of safety features, the Volvo VNL introduces various active systems, including Volvo Active Driver Assist Plus with Pilot Assist for active lane centering. Volvo Dynamic Steering enhances manoeuvring at all speeds, providing controlled reversing and increased stability on the road. Passive safety systems include a bonded and wrapped windshield, enhancing visibility, and a North American industry-first side-curtain airbag on both the driver and passenger sides of the cab.
Sales of the new Volvo VNL are set to commence in the coming months, with production taking place at the Volvo Trucks New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia.