VNM 200 Daycabs Satisfy ‘A Passion for Energy Efficiency’
Manhattan Beer Distributors announced the acquisition of 35 compressed natural gas-powered Volvo VNM 200 model tractors for its New York City fleet. The beverage delivery company chose Volvo’s regional haul daycab because it offers the durability of a Class 8 model paired with the maneuverability necessary for urban deliveries.
“Volvo Trucks and Manhattan Beer share a concern for the environment and a passion for energy efficiency,” Volvo Trucks North America president Gӧran Nyberg said in a release.
The Volvo VNM 200 models, powered by 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL-G engines, emit about 20% less greenhouse gas emissions than comparable diesel-powered models. Manhattan Beer bought its first trucks powered by CNG in 2002. Today, the company operates 110 CNG-powered trucks in a total fleet of more than 500.
‘The Right Thing to Do’
“We are doing what we think is the right thing to do,” Manhattan Beer of fleet operations director Juan Corcino says in the Volvo announcement.
“CNG is the biggest part of our efforts in going green,” he said.
NYT-VIP, the New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program, helped cover the incremental costs of the first 25 of the 35 Volvo VNM 200 models, Corcino said.
Manhattan Beer’s decision was also influenced by its local dealer, Milea Truck Sales, based in Bronx, N.Y. The dealer has locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, and has sold and serviced a large number of alternative fuel vehicles.
Drivers Like the Simplicity
The beverage delivery company’s drivers like the CNG-powered Volvo VNM 200 models, including not having to deal with the emissions-related tasks that are required with diesel-powered trucks, Corcino said. One of these tasks has been operation and maintenance of diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems.
Manhattan Beer also made the purchase decision to improve the company’s freight efficiency. The company specified the tractors with single rear axles to provide maximum maneuverability in challenging New York City distribution routes.
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