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Volvo Trucks North America is preparing for production of its updated 2017 powertrain at the Hagerstown, Maryland powertrain manufacturing facility. The site, which assembles the full line of Volvo Trucks' proprietary engines and I-Shift automated manual transmissions, will produce Volvo's updated powertrain beginning in late 2016.
"The success of Volvo's proprietary powertrain components is a direct result of the Hagerstown facility and its distinctive combination of powertrain engineering and manufacturing in one campus," said Gӧran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. "These unique capabilities had a significant impact on the development of our updated 2017 powertrain, which will no doubt further our leadership in integrated powertrain technology."
Volvo Trucks' 2017 powertrain has been engineered to increase fuel efficiency, productivity, reliability, packaging, comfort and uptime. Enhancements include revisions to the Volvo D11 and D13 engines; an all-new Volvo D13 with turbo compounding; significant updates to the Volvo I-Shift; and a new transmission option - the I-Shift with Crawler Gears - designed to improve startability and enable low-speed capabilities for applications like curb pouring and paving.
"Hagerstown possesses the latest manufacturing capabilities, and our people are our number one asset when it comes to producing high-quality powertrain components," said Pierre Jenny, vice president of powertrain production. "With assembly of Volvo's updated 2017 powertrain beginning later this year, we look forward to continuing to deliver the engines and transmissions our customers depend on."
Since its acquisition in 2001, more than $350 million has been invested into the Hagerstown plant to modernize the facility, establish new research and production capabilities, and improve manufacturing processes. These investments have transformed the site into one of the world's most advanced powertrain research and manufacturing facilities.
Recent investments include $30 million to upgrade the engine assembly process for improved efficiency, as well as an $8 million investment that brought production of the Volvo I-Shift to Hagerstown through the creation of a new assembly line, installation of new equipment and tooling, and employee training.
The Hagerstown site has also made great strides toward improving its energy efficiency. In 2014, the site was named a Superior Energy Performance® Platinum-Certified Partner, the highest level in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program. The site also participates in the DOE's Better Buildings, Better Plants program, which has a target to reduce energy intensity by 25 percent over a 10-year period.
In 2015, the Hagerstown site partnered with ConEdison Solutions and Entropy Solar Integrators on the design and installation of a 5,000-panel solar canopy, which is among the largest on the U.S. east coast. Covering the plant's entire north parking lot, the solar canopy generates 1.3 megawatts of electricity that is delivered directly to the facility, helping to offset the plant's electrical demand.
Volvo Trucks North America is preparing for production of its updated 2017 powertrain at the Hagerstown, Maryland powertrain manufacturing facility. The site will begin producing the updated powertrain beginning in late 2016.
Volvo Trucks North America, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, is one of the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturers in North America. Its Uptime Services commitment is delivered by a network of nearly 400 authorized dealers across North America and the 24/7 Volvo Trucks Uptime Center. Every Volvo truck is assembled in the Volvo Trucks New River Valley manufacturing facility in Dublin, Virginia, which meets the internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard for quality, 14001 standard for environmental care and holds a dual ISO 50001/Superior Energy Performance certification at the platinum level, indicating a sustained excellence in energy management. Volvo Trucks North America provides complete transport solutions for its customers, offering a full range of diesel, alternative-fuel and all-electric vehicles, and is part of the Volvo Trucks global organization.
Volvo Trucks provides complete transport solutions for professional and demanding customers, offering a full range of medium to heavy duty trucks. Customer support is secured via a global network of dealers with 2,300 service points in more than 130 countries. Volvo trucks are assembled in 13 countries across the globe. In 2020 approximately 94,000 Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide. Volvo Trucks is part of Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. Volvo Trucks´ work is based on the core values of quality, safety and environmental care.