Volvo Trucks North America has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a package of vehicle components for the Volvo VN to deliver high fuel efficiency and low emissions, as part of EPA's new SmartWay tractor program. Trucks ordered with this set of components are eligible to receive EPA's SmartWay tractor designation.
Components required for the SmartWay-eligible designation include:
Engines certified to the new 2007 emissions standards
Enhancements to reduce wind resistance, including integrated high roof fairings, fuel tank side fairings, side fairing gap reducers, and aerodynamic bumpers and mirrors
Low-rolling resistance tires.
Tractors meeting these specs can have a special SmartWay decal displayed inside the cab.
EPA has developed a similar program for manufacturers of trailers. The agency estimates that more than one million barrels of oil would be saved if 30% of the trucks and trailers sold in 2007 were SmartWay tractor-trailer combinations.
Beginning later in the second quarter, Volvo customers will be able to specify a SmartWay-eligible tractor component package when ordering their trucks. The required components will be identified in Volvo's truck ordering system so carriers participating in SmartWay can ensure their new trucks qualify for EPA's public designation.
More information on the SmartWay Transportation Partnership is available at www.epa.gov/smartway.