Volvo Trucks Introduces New Fuel Efficiency Package
Volvo Trucks announced a new fuel efficiency package for Volvo VNL models used to haul dry van and refrigerated trailer operations at the American Trucking Association’s 2018 Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, TX last month.
Xceed combines the most efficient features to simplify spec’ing and represents a systems approach to ensure critical components to fuel efficiency aren’t overlooked and work together to maximize the capabilities. On the new package, Volvo says the Xceed fuel efficiency package improves fuel efficiency by up to 11% when compared with Volvo’s Fuel Efficiency Plus specification. Xceed is 3.5% more efficient than the Fuel Efficiency Advanced specification, which was their most efficient offering prior to the Xceed release.
Even the naming structure of the new Xceed fuel efficiency package reflects the several key characteristics that contribute to its exponential efficiency:
- X – XE powertrain packages, including Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmissions
- C – turbo Compounding
- E – Extended fairings
- E – ground Effects
- D – Volvo D13 engine
“Our Xceed package combines key lightweight options with our most efficient drivetrain and aerodynamic setups for the intended applications,” said Allison Athey, Volvo Trucks North America product marketing manager. “The Xceed package is all about freight efficiency, so we’ve included lightweight components to help maximize payload capacity while reducing fuel consumption.”
Volvo Trucks says this, in combination with lightweight VNL aspects like a horizontal exhaust system and aluminum chassis components, is the most efficient package that they have ever offered for the VNL series. The new fuel efficiency package will be available beginning in January 2019 for 2020 models.