Volvo Testing Hybrid Garbage Trucks

Volvo has started testing two hybrid garbage trucks in Sweden. The two trucks will run daily operations with the firms Renova and Ragn-Sells.

The hybrid systems used in the trucks are a version of Volvo’s I-SAM (Integrated Starter, Alternator, Motor) parallel hybrid system. The Volvo FE hybrid trucks combine a 7-liter (320 hp / 238 kW) diesel engine with a 120kW motor, and they use Lithium-ion battery packs.

These hybrid trash collecting systems support all-electric drive for moving from a standstill and accelerating up to 12 mph. Once the trucks reach above that they kick in diesel mode, but when the trucks makes a stop the diesel engine automatically switches off.

Mats Franzén, engine manager at Product Strategy and Planning for Volvo Trucks said “Hybrid technology will play a major role in the future as the climate issue and oil dependency come into ever-sharper focus. No matter which fuels dominate in the future, their supply will be limited. Technology that leads to lower fuel consumption will be of immense interest to our customers, irrespective of the type of haulage operation with which they work.”

These trucks are great for the environment and are expected to have 20% to 30% less carbon emissions than their non-hybrid equivalents. If these trials go well production will begin sometime next year.

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