The Volvo Trucks North America website reports that Volvo has received a 100-truck order under an initial phase of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Clean Trucks Program.
The program calls for 16,000-plus drayage units currently serving container operations to eventually be replaced with modern, environmentally friendly trucks. The order for the trucks was awarded to Volvo dealer TEC of California, Inc. in Fontana.
The Volvo VNL 300 Daycabs will be delivered to qualified fleets and independent operators selected by the Ports. The trucks are equipped with very fuel efficient, productive and clean Volvo D13 engines rated at 405 hp. The Volvo D13 also meets the California Air Resources Board’s low-NOx idle requirements through its certified sub-30 g/hr NOx emissions. The Volvo VNL 430 has also been selected as one of the approved models drayage operators may select as part of the Ports’ program.
According to the Ports, beginning October 1, 2008, the Clean Trucks Program will bar 1988 and older trucks from entering shipping terminals. By 2012, all 2006 and older trucks will be banned from the Ports, and replaced by a new fleet, reducing truck-related pollution by 80%. To help truckers quickly replace their older vehicles, the Ports are providing financial assistance for the acquisition of newer, cleaner trucks.
Source: Volvo Trucks North America