Volvo Trucks North America announced its new Volvo VNL 300 daycab now is available with the Cummins ISX12N near-zero natural gas engine, providing an alternative fuel solution for pickup and delivery and regional-haul operations.
“The low carbon footprint, expanded delivery and distribution infrastructure, abundant supply and stable pricing of natural gas offer substantial benefits to fleet operators looking to utilize the fuel as a clean, quiet and cost-effective alternative to diesel without the need for a [diesel particulate filter] or [selective catalytic reduction] system,” John Moore, VTNA product marketing manager for powertrain, said in a statement.
The available engine ratings of 350 to 400 horsepower each have 1,450 pound-feet of torque. The ISX12N natural gas-powered engine is approved for gross combination weights of up to 80,000 pounds, making it well-suited for heavy-duty regional-haul truck and tractor applications, port drayage, vocational, refuse and conventional straight truck applications, according to the Greensboro, N.C.-based company.
The natural gas power plant can be operated on compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas or renewable natural gas. The ISX12N engine is on-board diagnostic-compliant.
The ISX12N engine meets the California Air Resources Board low NOx standard of 0.02 gram per brake horsepower-hour — a 90% reduction from engines operating at the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency NOx limit of 0.2 gram standard.
VTNA is a unit of Volvo Group.