Volvo bundles “Payload Plus” components for bulk-ready VNR series

New packages for Volvo Trucks’ VNR regional haul series net significant weight savings, helping maximize payload and fuel efficiency in weight-sensitive tanker or bulk-haul applications. Now in production, the “Payload Plus” offering provides a simple, model-based way to shave up to 540 lbs. Packages include horizontal exhaust, aluminum wheels and lightweight chassis components; additional opportunities to reduce weight based on application entail optimized wheelbases and frame rail thicknesses.

Payload Plus lightweight components can cut more than 500 lbs. from Volvo VNR models, well suited to cement and fly ash hauling.
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“Some applications are all about weight, and every pound saved means more payload and greater profitability per job,” says Volvo Trucks North America Product Marketing Manager Chris Stadler. “We hear from some fleets, particularly in bulk applications, that every pound of additional payload can equate to an additional $10 or more per job, so the Payload Plus packages represent a tremendous opportunity. Bulk and tanker businesses are typically constrained by weight, not trailer capacity, so reducing weight from the trailer and tractor can translate into greater payload capacity.”

“Like our recently introduced Xceed fuel efficiency package for the VNL models, Payload Plus packages help simplify the truck spec’ing process,” adds Product Market Manager Allison Athey. “We’re focused on helping maximize freight efficiency because nobody can afford to overlook profit-boosting opportunities. Truckload carriers also have a strong opportunity to shift weight from the tractor to their loads so they can exceed previous payload[s].” — Volvo Trucks North America, Greensboro, N.C., 336/393-2000;,