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Video: Volvo Concept Truck with hybrid powertrain

Volvo Concept Truck with the first hybrid-electric powertrain for long haul operations cuts fuel consumption with regenerative braking and topography intelligence

Volvo Trucks has further enhanced its Volvo Concept Truck, a prototype long haul truck capable of delivering a 30% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in tests conducted by the manufacturer.

Volvo Trucks first unveiled the Volvo Concept Truck in May 2016, but has since developed the vehicle significantly with the addition of a hybrid-electric powertrain – one of the first of its kind for heavy-duty trucks in long haul applications.

The system recovers energy when driving downhill on slopes steeper than one percent, or when braking. The recovered energy is then stored in the vehicle’s batteries and used to power the truck in electric mode on flat roads or low gradients.

At the same time, an enhanced version of Volvo Trucks’ driver support system I-See has been developed to analyse the upcoming topography using information from GPS and the electronic map, and intelligently optimise the use of the electric powertrain mode.

In long haul transportation, it is estimated that the combination of the hybrid powertrain and I-See will allow the combustion engine to be shut off for up to 30% of driving time, saving up to 10% more fuel, depending on the topography.

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