Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The presentation at Volvo Trucks was quite interesting. They are the first to put methane/diesels (blue truck) on the market and are working with new technologies for cleaner air and emissions. Their market share in Germany was a great concern for them even though they were doing quite well with sales.
Their United States sales were over 10 thousand units for the past year and they have been able to penetrate the South American market as well with great success. Part of their global success is to build assembly plants for their vehicles in countries outside of Germany and Sweeden. Volvo seems to be committed to alternative fuels for trucking. Volvo recently delivered its first 10 natural gas-powered VNM daycabs (red truck) to Talon Logistics, Inc., the transportation division of Giant Eagle, Inc., a multi-format food and fuel retailer with stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland. Talon also received Volvo’s first delivery of EPA 2010-certified trucks in November 2009.