Tuesday, May 11, 2010

US Truck Giant Orders Volvo Units For Commercial Vehicle Fleet

Penske go for Green Option to meet Emission Criteria
Shipping News Feature

US – Pennsylvania based Penske Truck Leasing, a joint venture of Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group and General Electric, has chosen Volvo VN670 tractors with EPA2010-certified Volvo D13 engines and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) when ordering 600 new rigs for their commercial rental fleet. The company claim to have selected the cleanest-running diesel trucks available today that can deliver 5% better fuel economy than previous engines and a smaller carbon footprint for its customers.

The initial 100 units of the order have been built and are being placed in Penske’s commercial truck rental fleet. The remaining 500 VN670s will be produced and delivered over the next several months. Penske group companies operate more than 200,000 vehicles from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

“Penske is committed to responsible operations and participating in the EPA’s SmartWay Transport partnership is a big part of that when it comes to the environment,” said Marc Althen, senior vice president of administration and procurement for Penske Truck Leasing. “Volvo’s trucks and engines are right in line with our approach to minimizing environmental impacts and improving operations. We think our truck rental and truck leasing customers will embrace vehicles like these as win-win options for their businesses and the environment.”

“We are extremely happy that Penske chose Volvo trucks and engines to meet the EPA’10 emissions standard, while also delivering the performance and fuel economy Penske and its customers require,” said Scott Kress, vice president – sales. “Volvo’s engines and SCR system are the most tested products in our company’s history and are the right choice for EPA’10. Penske not only has a deserved reputation as one of the leaders in evaluating new technology, they are committed to running the cleanest and most efficient trucks available.”