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Volvo FH Hybrid Concept Truck
- 01 Mar 2017
With the Volvo Concept Truck, Volvo Trucks has developed its first hybrid vehicle designed for long haul applications. In combination with the vehicle’s other improvements, the total reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 is around 30 per cent.
Volvo Trucks first unveiled the Volvo Concept Truck in May 2016, and has now developed and enhanced the vehicle even further. In addition to the improvements in aerodynamics, rolling resistance and reduced weight, the new version also features a hybrid powertrain - one of the first of its kind for heavy-duty trucks in long haul applications.
"We strive to be at the forefront of electromobility and to constantly push the limits when it comes to reducing fuel consumption and emissions," says Claes Nilsson, CEO at Volvo Trucks. "Over the coming years, as society moves more and more towards renewable energy, we strongly believe that electromobility and hybrid technology will become increasingly important. The powertrain in our concept truck has been developed to improve transport efficiency and thereby help the industry towards sustainable transport. With the concept truck we will gain valuable knowledge and experience, which will help us develop the technology further."
The hybrid powertrain works by recovering energy when driving downhill on slopes steeper than one per cent, or when braking. The recovered energy is stored in the vehicle's batteries and used to power the truck in electric mode on flat roads or low gradients. An enhanced version of Volvo Trucks' driver support system I-See has been developed specially for the hybrid powertrain, which analyses upcoming topography to calculate the most economical and efficient choice between the diesel engine and the electric motor, as well as the optimal time to use the recovered energy.
In long haul transportation, it is estimated that the hybrid powertrain will allow the combustion engine to be shut off for up to 30 per cent of the driving time. This will save between 5-10 per cent in fuel, depending on the vehicle type or specification, and its drive cycle. It also offers the ability to drive in full electric mode for up to 10 kilometres, enabling the vehicle to operate with zero emissions and low noise.
"Today, long haul transport accounts for a significant share of the total energy consumption in the transportation sector. Using hybrid technology, the potential reduction in fuel and emissions is considerable and an important step towards reaching both our and society's environmental goals for the future," says Lars Mårtensson, Director Environment and Innovation, Volvo Trucks.
The Volvo Concept Truck also builds on many of the gains achieved by its predecessor, namely improved aerodynamics, rolling resistance and reduced vehicle weight. "This is a platform for verifying several new technologies for increasing transport efficiency," says Åke Othzén, Chief Project Manager, Volvo Trucks. "Some of these developments have already been introduced to our trucks, and some will be introduced in the near future. The hybrid powertrain is partly based on knowledge and experience from Volvo Buses' hybrid and electric buses."
Stay In Power
- 09 Dec 2016
Truck batteries are vital. They start the truck, keep systems running and let drivers enjoy comfortable stops by powering everything from fridges to tablets and sound systems. But they're not endless sources of energy. Here's how you get the most out of them;
- RECHARGE YOUR BATTERY OFTEN. You should top charge your battery at least every three weeks. But do it whenever there's an opportunity, such as overnight stops or weekend breaks. A top charged battery cuts fuel consumption and makes the vehicle more reliable.
- KEEP AN EYE ON THE BATTERY STATUS INDICATORS. The driver display shows status and current usage, and sends out alerts if for instance there's a low state of charge. Follow this advice - it prolongs battery lifetime.
- BE EXTRA CAREFUL IN THE WINTER. A temperature drop from +20 to -18°C cuts battery capacity by 50%. Pay extra attention to the battery’s condition and the preventive handling of electrical consumers when the vehicle isn’t in operation.
- TURN OFF CONSUMERS WHEN NOT REQUIRED. Everything from the fridge to charging your phone drains the battery when the engine is switched off. Use consumers wisely, especially during long stops.
- CHOOSE THE RIGHT VEHICLE MODE DURING STOP'S. Parking mode is always the preferred choice when no active use of cab features is needed, if you need access to cab features, choose Living mode, but make sure to activate Parking mode as soon as you’re finished. Accessory mode adds more possibilities to use cab features. Use this restrictively though in order not to drain the batteries. Remember to be economical and turn off consumers that aren’t needed!
Following these basic rules will help you get the most out of your batteries and prolong their life, and there's less risk of unplanned stops and costly standstills due to insufficient battery power.
Big Country, Big Trucks
- 25 Jul 2016
Designed for the heaviest and most demanding operations, the Volvo FH16 is our most powerful truck with world-class safety innovations, increased productivity and fuel efficiency.
A beauty on the surface. A beast under the hood, with it’s unmatched 16 litre 600 or 700 hp engines, and up to 3150 Nm of torque coupled to the brilliant I-Shift transmission, the FH16 makes driving easier, safer and more comfortable.
Engineered for, and assembled in Australia for Australian conditions, the Volvo FH16 is the ultimate long haul truck for interstate line-haul, AB triple road trains, low-loader heavy-haulage, or anything in-between; and at CMV Truck & Bus we can build you a FH16 specifically to meet your GCM needs – just ask us.
Explore the features that make the Volvo FH16 the leader in long haul. There are innovations that make you more productive and fuel-efficient. Some that saves you money and enhances your driving experience. And others that’ll blow your mind.
For further information contact your nearest CMV Truck & Bus dealership - Your Partner On The Road.
Volvo Workshop Manager and Genuine Parts Special
- 01 Jul 2016
Stop Look Wave
- 05 May 2016
Volvo Group are working on raising awareness of how to behave safely in traffic through a global Stop, Look, Wave hands-on training campaign specifically aimed at children. Volvo started out by encouraging employees – based all around the world – to get involved in promoting safety awareness sessions for children in their immediate environment with the help of specially developed training kits. Stop, Look, Wave has fast became a international success, and about 100,000 children have learned how to interact safely with commercial vehicles in traffic.
This week, at the 2016 International Truck & Trailer Show, Volvo Group Australia and industry partner Toxfree, officially launched the Stop, Look, Wave campaign in Australia. With the road freight task in Australia set to double by 2030, and triple by 2050, this initiative to raise children’s awareness of how to behave safely in traffic will be available to Australian schools as a free education resource to teach children to STOP on the side of the road, LOOK both ways, and WAVE at the truck driver before they cross in front of trucks.
For further information click here.
Why Toxfree choose Volvo as their preferred brand of truck
- 05 Aug 2015
“We rely heavily on the quality that Volvo delivers”
The Australian waste solutions provider Toxfree has a company motto – ‘Safe, Reliable and Sustainable’. Group Procurement Manager Tony Burrowes explains how a fleet of Volvo trucks is helping his company to achieve maximum uptime, thereby fulfilling their trio of goals.
How would you describe Toxfree?
“We are one of Australia’s leading integrated waste management and industrial service providers across a broad spectrum – including the mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, commercial and administrative sectors. Our customers include some of Australia’s leading businesses and government organisations. We focus on safety, innovative solutions, service delivery, sustainable waste management practices, unique treatment licenses and total waste management services.
”Why is uptime vital for your business?
“Our company’s motto is ‘Safe, Reliable and Sustainable’. Uptime is always a critical factor for us; it’s as simple as that. Whether we are servicing a client in outback Australia – hundreds of kilometres from the nearest town – or deploying multiple trucks to carry out industrial cleaning in a power station, we can’t let our customers down. There is no room for substandard equipment in our fleet and we rely heavily on the quality that Volvo delivers. We ensure our equipment is maintained as recommended by the manufacturer and we run internal preventative maintenance programmes to ensure we are on top of any issues that may arise.
”What is the effect on your business and customers if the trucks were to stand still?
“Our trucks standing still would have a hugely negative effect on our business and on our customers for many reasons. A breakdown in a remote area, for example, can cost a fortune to recover, not to mention the aspect of letting our customers down. Some of our trucks can cost up to $800,000 Australian dollars so utilisation is the key to getting the most out of our assets.
”Why did you choose Volvo Trucks and how long have you been a customer?
“Around three and half years ago, we had to select a vehicle of choice for our rapidly expanding fleet. We invited seven manufacturers to show us what they had to offer. We looked at critical factors such as safety, service locations, durability, fitness for purpose, cost and fuel economy. A key thing for us was the ability of trucks to cope with some very tough conditions in places like north-western Australia. Since then, we have taken delivery of around 130 new Volvos, consisting mainly of FE 6×4’s and FM 8×4’s. We have a fantastic relationship with our local Volvo dealer, CMV Truck and Bus. Actually it’s more like a partnership, as we see CMV as a key part of our business. One of the many reasons Toxfree decided to partner up with Volvo was the vast national dealer network that Volvo has. Australia is a huge country with a relatively low population of 23.5 million. That means we are spread far and wide, so service locations are critical for us, particularly in remote areas.
”How do you see your future plans and Volvo’s role in them?
“Our business is growing rapidly and we are very happy with the product, service and support that we receive from Volvo and the Australian dealer network. The decision to choose Volvo as our preferred brand of truck has proven to be the right one, not just from a corporate perspective, but also for the satisfaction of our drivers.”
Volvo Trucks certify all engines for the diesel HVO
- 26 Jun 2015
After extensive field testing of the renewable diesel fuel, 100% HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils), Volvo Trucks has approved the fuel for all Euro 5 engines and are preparing global certifications for Euro 6. The six field test trucks were equipped with Euro 5 engines and covered approximately one million kilometres in commercial service over a two-year period. The positive results from the field test mean that Volvo Trucks has now approved the use of HVO in all its Euro 5 engines with unchanged service intervals. In September 2015, there will be a global certification (WVTA) of HVO in the D5 and D8 engines for Euro 6. In parallel, work is underway to certify the engine variants D11, D13 and D16.
HVO is produced from renewable raw materials such as vegetable and animal fats. The fuel can be distributed via existing diesel depots and uses the same type of tanks and pumps as regular diesel. HVO reduces CO2 emissions between 30 and 90 per cent, depending on the raw material. The press release can be found here.
- 22 May 2015
Eight of ten truck standstills can be avoided with preventive maintenance, as revealed in a study conducted by Volvo Trucks. In the long term, the aim is that unplanned standstills should entirely disappear. One key explanation for this expected trend is online connectivity in trucks, a development that creates entirely new scope for working with preventive maintenance.
The ability to predict maintenance and tailor servicing for each individual truck is now possible because today’s trucks can be connected online to the workshop. For instance, a service technician can remotely monitor exactly how the truck is being used in real time, schedule maintenance well in advance before something breaks down, or order spare parts in advance. What’s more, a scheduled service can also be postponed if the workshop technician can see that the truck’s various components are subject to less wear than expected, thus saving time for both the haulage firm and the driver.
Four essential tips for coasting like a pro
- 30 Apr 2015
Coasting is essentially driving without using the accelerator or brake. It’s all about letting the momentum and mass of the truck do as much work as possible without intervention from the driver’s right foot.
“Through coasting, we can better utilise our fuel consumption,” says Andrew Low, Driver Development Manager, Volvo Trucks. “It’s something I would strongly recommend all drivers try, as even the most experienced are surprised by how much fuel they can save.”
Below are some essential tips for developing the ability to use coasting to the full:
1. Back off the accelerator – let the truck do the work
Plan well ahead when entering roundabouts. Keep engine load and brake applications to the minimum when rolling up to any road feature where you could be baulked by other traffic moving across your line.
2. Keep brake applications to the minimum – maintain a safe momentum
Like a fighter pilot, you need to use your professional situational awareness when coasting. Coast up to traffic lights. As with roundabouts, back off the accelerator really early. I-Shift will ensure you are in the right gear to keep moving, ideally without stopping.
3. Use the topography to keep moving with the minimum of effort
Use a combination of cruise control and coasting when driving on the flat or over gently undulating terrain. That way you keep the engine load as light as possible to maintain fuel-efficient forward motion.
4. You can even coast up some hills too
On hills and gradients, you need to plan your approach strategy some way ahead. Use the truck’s momentum to carry you forward and let I-Shift automatically match the gear to the road speed. Apply the accelerator gently if you lose momentum going uphill.