As part of the Volvo Group's focus on hybrid vehicles, Volvo Trucks is
now commencing sales of heavy hybrid trucks, under the name Volvo FE
Hybrid, to customers in selected European markets. The hybrid trucks
permit fuel savings of up to 30 percent and will be used primarily in
distribution and refuse operations in an urban environment.
The application of hybrid technology is best suited to densely populated
areas, which involve the highest incidence of vehicle starts and stops.
Volvo FE Hybrid is referred to as a parallel hybrid, which is a
technology entailing that energy from the diesel engine and electric
motor is used either simultaneously or independently of each other. The
technology switches automatically between the two power sources. Volvo's
hybrid technology has also been developed to maximize recycling of
energy generated from braking. No extra charging from external sources
is required. Electric power also cuts noise levels.
Depending on the driving cycle, the Volvo FE Hybrid can cut fuel and
carbon dioxide emissions by between 15 and 20 per cent. In addition,
using the electric compactor on the hybrid refuse trucks, up to 30 per
cent can be saved.
“Our ability to initiate hybrid production is tremendously inspiring and
important for our continuing product development, since some form of
hybrid technology will be used for most trucks in the future. Hybrid
operation is definitely a key piece in the puzzle when endeavoring to
achieve energy-efficient transport,” says Claes Nilsson, President of
Volvo Trucks Europe Division.
The trucks will initially be produced in a limited series of about 100
vehicles, starting in June. These trucks will be delivered during the
period 2011 to 2013 to customers in selected European markets.
For many years, the Volvo Group has invested in the development of
hybrid vehicles and Volvo Buses launched serial production of hybrid
buses at its plant in Poland in 2010.
March 29, 2011
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