Volvo tells D.C. it’s ready for 2010

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Volvo Trucks North America discussed readiness for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions regulations with lawmakers and regulators in Washington, D.C., at this week’s “Clean Diesel Power: Ready for Tomorrow, Working Today” event held by the Diesel Technology Forum. Volvo Trucks says its emissions technology will result in near-zero emissions and reduced CO2 output.

An EPA 2010-compliant Volvo VN was on display at the event. Volvo Trucks says it already is building EPA 2010 trucks for customers on its production line at its New River Valley plant in Dublin, Va., for delivery later this year. Volvo Trucks, which is using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to meet the new emissions standards, says its SCR-equipped tractors have been in customer test fleets in North America for two years now, and have accumulated billions of miles of real-world operation in other markets.

Volvo says its SCR technology also eliminates diesel particulate filter (DPF) active regenerations for EPA 2010 in normal operations, which reduces the need for operator interaction with the emissions control system. The company says its D11, D13 and D16 diesel engine family were designed with environmental compliance in mind.