Customers in selected European markets will now be able to the Volvo FE Hybrid, which is a heavy hybrid truck.
The hybrid trucks provide fuel savings of up to 30%, Volvo said. Depending on the driving cycle, the vehicle can cut fuel and carbon dioxide emissions by between 15% and 20%. In addition, using the electric compactor on the hybrid refuse trucks, up to 30% can be saved.
They will be used primarily in distribution and refuse operations in an urban environment.
The 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. Volvos 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.
"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.
Last year Volvo Buses launched serial production of hybrid buses at its plant in Poland.