PULASKI COUNTY, Va (WFXR) – Volvo Trucks is launching a new trailer at its factory in Dublin called the VNL truck, hoping to help create a more sustainable future while having economic benefits right here at home.
Dublin station is the only one Volvo truck factory in North America. It currently employs around 3,500 people. Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Brand Management, Magnus Koeckthey say they are looking to increase that number.
“We are hiring more people as we speak to increase production,” said Koeck.
He says they have already invested more than 400 million dollars in this facility.
“It’s good for, of course, the community here,” Koeck said.
And sustainability is key. Volvo says for every gallon of diesel burned; 22.4 pounds of CO2 is released into the atmosphere.
The truck is said to be up to 10% more fuel efficient than the other half, which could help reduce emissions.
“This has an impact on the environment here and now,” Koeck said.
The VNL truck will also feature advanced safety and survival features to improve the experience for drivers and pedestrians. The trucks will go into production later this year and should be ready for service by the end of 2024.