The Volvo Trucks group has made a strategic bet by presenting four new combustion vehicles this year. The FM, a versatile model as efficient as a forwarder or tractor for distribution. The FMX, dedicated to construction and capable of loading 38 t in quarry activity. The FH, specialist in long distances and the powerful FH 16, intended for heavy loads. With these models, the manufacturer is renewing 60% of its thermal range, and with the FH and FH16, 68% of its best-selling models in France. The risk is limited by the profusion of technologies used in these vehicles. With the aim of improving their productivity, fuel economy, active and passive safety and driving comfort.
Connection to freight exchanges
All of them have renovated cabins, cruise controls that work up to 0 km / h, an I-Shift gear lever and LED headlights that adapt to traffic. But also an angle camera on the passenger's side, to which can be added seven other cameras giving a 360 ° view of the vehicle. On the on-board computer side, they benefit from a Volvo Connect screen for technical information, driving times, eco-driving control and traffic sign recognition. A Dynafleet secondary screen is used for interconnections with the company and with the towed semi-trailer. Ultimately, this interconnection will include information from Teleroute and B2P freight exchanges to increase opportunistic recharging.
10% fuel reduction
On the engine side, the FH models are powered by their 13 l D13 TC engine. The combination of this engine with the I-Save rev control pack confirmed “a fuel saving of almost 10% compared to the previous Volvo D13 eSCR Euro 6D engine on similar trips, with more torque and good speed commercial ”, according to the transporter C3D Laroche. The latter tested the FH 460 on the roads of Auvergne for its site approaches and its grain transport. The manufacturer says that with ongoing maintenance and regular eco-driving, this saving is perpetual.
Free field for alternative energies
Volvo Trucks hopes that all of these technological advancements will make its new vehicles “the preferred partner” of hauliers and drivers for the next decade. And it will take advantage of this time to improve the productivity of its alternative energy models. By 2022, its LNG IVs will see their range extended to 1,200 km by increasing the volume of their gas tanks. From 2021, its electric models will benefit from second generation batteries. Their 30% gain in energy efficiency will increase their autonomy by 50%. Finally, the joint venture with Daimler will have time to produce the hydrogen fuel cell with which each of the two manufacturers will equip its future hydrogen electric IVs from 2030.
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