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Volvo Trucks Delivers First EPA2010 Trucks To Talon Logistics

Nov. 23, 2009
Talon Logistics, Inc. took delivery of the first EPA2010-certified customer production truck from Volvo Trucks North America on November 17. Two more EPA’10-certified Volvo VNs have been delivered since and Talon has ordered a total of 23 EPA’10 Volvo trucks to date.

Volvo is the first truck manufacturer to have its heavy-duty diesel engines certified for 2010 by both EPA and the California Air Resources Board.

“This is a great moment for everyone who cares about the air that we, our children and grandchildren breathe,” said Scott Kress, Volvo Trucks senior vice president – sales & marketing. “These are the cleanest diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks ever built and are the first of a new generation of trucks to serve our society with near-zero emissions, better fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions.”

Talon Logistics, working with Volvo Trucks, has been a pioneer in field testing advanced emission control technologies. For the past seven years, the two companies have tested selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems in real world operation in Talon’s fleet. The company also inaugurated Volvo Trucks’ EPA’10 customer field testing in September 2007. Talon’s trucks have accumulated about 6.5 million miles of SCR field testing since 2002. Talon is the transportation division of Giant Eagle, Inc., Pittsburgh, a grocery chain with stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.

“Volvo is proud to partner with progressive companies such as Talon to play a leading role in reducing our industry’s environmental impact, while providing the most productive trucks to our customers,” Kress said.

“Sustainability and dynamic energy management are two components of Giant Eagle’s environmental commitment,” said Bill Parry, vice president of logistics for Giant Eagle. “That includes operating the cleanest and most fuel-efficient trucks, and helping to develop these technologies. Our work with Volvo demonstrated that SCR is effective and reliable, and we expect to benefit from that experience with our new Volvo VNs.”

Talon’s EPA’10 Volvo VN Daycabs are powered by Volvo D13 engines with 405 hp and 1450 lb-ft of torque, and Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmissions. All Volvo engines meet the EPA’10 standard without emissions credits.