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New York Beer Distributor Chooses CNG Volvo VNM 200 Model Tractors


Manhattan Beer Distributors recently purchased 35 CNG-powered Volvo VNM 200 model tractors for its New York City fleet. The Volvo VNM 200 models, which were purchased at Milea Truck Sales based in Bronx, New York, feature the 9L Cummins Westport ISL-G engines.
Founded in 1978, Manhattan Beer Distributors delivers beer and other beverages throughout New York City. Manhattan Beer bought its first trucks powered by CNG in 2002. Today, the company operates 110 CNG-powered trucks in a total fleet of more than 500, which are predominantly medium-duty straight trucks.
Manhattan Beer’s new Volvo models also improve the company’s freight efficiency. The company is using its single rear axle Volvo VNM 200 tractors with trailers that have 16 beverage bays to replace straight trucks with 10 beverage bays. In New York City, straight trucks are limited to 35 feet in length while combinations can run 55 feet. Manhattan Beer cannot cover a typical route with a single straight truck, but it can with a combination.
The purchase of the 35 Volvo VNM 200 models was supported by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP), a partnership between NYSERDA, the New York State Department of Transportation, New York City Department of Transportation and CALSTART, a not-for-profit organization that promotes clean transportation technology and administers the NYT-VIP program. NYT-VIP helped cover the incremental costs of the first 25 of the 35 Volvo VNM 200 models. Manhattan Beer has also received funding in the past through the Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program.