“Development is extremely fast and the technology in our latest test vehicle is much closer to a production-ready solution.”
Lee Sibbald - FLEETDIRECTORY
- November 18, 2009
There aren't many applications with more start and stop cycles -- when will Volvo go into worldwide deployment? --Ed.
After a year and a half of preliminary field testing, Volvo Trucks is now launching an upgrade of the world’s first hybrid refuse truck.
“Up to 30 per cent lower fuel consumption, low emissions and a low noise level make this hybrid a very attractive choice. That’s why we’re keen to test and develop the technology in partnership with Volvo Trucks, with whom we have developed a very strong working relationship,” comments Rob Stubbs, fleet director at Veolia, London and the UK’s leading waste management provider. The company has ordered the new refuse truck.
The new truck is an upgraded version of the trucks field-tested in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden over the past eighteen months. Like these trucks, the new refuse truck is what is known as a parallel hybrid. This means it has two separate energy sources, one for diesel and one for electricity, which can be used either separately or together. The benefit of this is that each energy source can be used where it is most fuel-efficient: the electric motor at low revs and the diesel engine at high revs.
“The basic concept is the same, but all the components and software have been updated,” explains Fredrik Bohlin, Business Manager - Hybrids at... [Read More]