Phoenix-based Knight Transportation has placed an order for 370 Volvo VNs equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions control technology.

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Volvo Trucks North America will begin deliveries of these trucks in April.

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Knight is a long-standing Volvo customer; about 3,000 of the 3,736 trucks in its fleet are Volvo VNs. Volvo’s SCR system produces near-zero emissions while meeting the EPA’10 regulations without the use of stockpiled emissions credits and improves fuel economy by up to 5%.

“We want to have this new technology from Volvo,” Dave Williams, Knight Transportation’s vice president of equipment and maintenance told Tachoblog. “We will gain fuel economy. We’ve tested the technology and we’re comfortable with it. These trucks are better for the environment and they’re better for us.”

Volvo Trucks had produced and invoiced 85 EPA2010-certified trucks for customers and dealers as of January 20.

Speaking to Tachoblog, Scott Kress, Volvo Trucks senior vice president – sales & marketing – said, “Volvo has invested many years of development in SCR technology and we know it is clearly the best way to reduce emissions while improving fuel economy. We’re gratified Knight’s management recognized the benefits of Volvo’s technology, and we think their example will help others in the industry make the same choice.”