Volvo adds another new efficiency spec for VNL, VNR for tanker and bulk applications

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Updated Dec 10, 2018

Volvo Trucks this week announced a new spec option, the “Payload Plus” package, for the Volvo VNR and VNL series. Volvo says these new packages provide significant weight savings, helping maximize payload and fuel efficiency in weight-sensitive tanker, bulk-haul and specific dry van and refrigerated applications.

The Payload Plus packages, now available to order, provide a simple model-based way to shave up to 540 lb. from Volvo VNR regional-haul models and remove more than 335 lb. from Volvo VNL long-haul models.

“Some applications are all about weight, and every pound saved means more payload and greater profitability per job,” says Chris Stadler, Volvo Trucks North America product marketing manager. “ Bulk and tanker businesses are typically constrained by weight, not trailer capacity, so reducing weight from the trailer and tractor can translate into greater payload capacity.”

Key lightweight components in the Payload Plus packages include horizontal exhaust, aluminum wheels, lightweight chassis components, Volvo says. Additional opportunities to reduce weight based on application can include optimized wheelbases and frame rail thicknesses.