Volvo Trucks North America announced that fleets across North America are increasingly choosing to spec trucks with Volvo I-Torque technology — its powertrain solution that delivers improved fuel efficiency for Class 8 diesel freight trucks. Introduced in early 2022, Volvo I-Torque is utilized by fleets to maximize fuel efficiency without compromising performance, drivability, or productivity, according to the company.
The Volvo I-Torque technology combines a high-efficiency powertrain — including the D13TC (Turbo Compound) engine with a 13-speed automated manual transmission and rear axle ratios as low as 2.15 — with Volvo Truck’s I-See terrain-aware, predictive cruise control technology. By leveraging the I-See technology, the company says its Volvo I-Torque technology pre-selects the optimal combination of engine RPM and gear selection needed based on the topography of the road ahead, enabling the driver to manage speed and gear-shifting in the most fuel-efficient way. The D13TC engine has been used for over 4.3 billion miles of freight transport in North America since 2017, the company says.
“Properly spec’d trucks are seeing up to 8.5 miles per gallon at speeds of 55-85 miles per hour, depending on the truck weight and terrain of the route,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America. “Drivers love the [D13TC engine with I-Torque] technology because it reduces noise and vibrations, making for a more pleasant driving experience.”