Volvo FE Hybrid Concept
A perfect fit for "stop and go" applications
Like the Volvo FM Hybrid, the Volvo FE Hybrid is equipped with a diesel engine and an electric motor. The latter powers the truck from startup and up to 20 km/h. At higher speeds, the diesel engine kicks in.
When the vehicles stops, the diesel engine automatically shuts down to avoid unnecessary idling.
Since braking energy is used to charge the lithium-ion batteries powering the electric motor, the greatest fuel saving potential is in applications with a lot of "stop and go" driving:
- up to 20% for refuse handling (up to 30% if the superstructure also rely on the electric motor)
- between 15-20% for city distribution
Low on emissions and close to noiseless
Any savings in fuel means equal savings in CO2 emissions, meaning that the Volvo FE Hybrid will contribute some 15 - 30% less to global warming.
The emissions of NOx and particulates are at zero level when the truck is operated in electric drive - and it is a very silent truck when accelerating and idling. These are both strong benefits when operating in sensitive urban areas.
Field test with customers
During 2009-2011, a number of hybrid vehicles will be field tested across Europe.
Volvo FE Hybrid Concept - Technical data
- Volvo FE with I-SAM (Integrated Starter Alternator Motor)
- Power 120 kW
- 7-litre diesel engine
- Volvo I-Shift gearbox