Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks both announced Wednesday, July 30, that they 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 and Mack dealer TEC of California Inc.
The Volvo VNL 300 Daycabs will be delivered to qualified fleets and independent operators selected by the Ports. Volvo says the trucks are equipped with fuel-efficient, productive and clean Volvo D13 engines rated at 405 hp that meet the California Air Resources Board’s low-NOx idle requirements through its certified sub-30 g/hr NOx emissions. The Volvo VNL 430 also has been selected as one of the approved models drayage operators may select as part of the Ports’ program.
Mack says it received orders for 100 Pinnacle Axle Back Daycab tractors equipped with an MP7 engine rated at 395 hp and certified to CARB requirements. The MP7 is fuel-efficient, with up to 5 percent better fuel economy on highway than previous engines, according to the truck maker; in addition, the Pinnacle Axle Back model with 48-inch sleeper also will be available for selection by fleets and owner-operators operating at the terminals.
According to the Ports, beginning Oct. 1 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 percent. To help truckers quickly replace their older vehicles, the Ports are providing financial assistance for the acquisition of newer, cleaner trucks.