First Volvo FE Hybrid for the Austrian waste industry 25 July 2012

Last month, Volvo Trucks Austria sold its first Volvo FE Hybrid 26-tonner in Austria to Saubermacher, a multi-national company specialising in waste disposal and recycling.

Volvo Trucks's FE Hybrid, the first parallel hybrid from the company, uses its proven 7-litre diesel engine and the I-Shift automated transmission, with an electric motor between the engine and the gearbox.

The two power sources work on the single prop shaft through the gearbox to the driving wheels, with the electric motor providing high-torque traction from standstill.

Volvo's I-Shift and the truck's Powertrain Management Unit automatically manage gear changing but also charging and the transition to parallel diesel-electric drive power at higher speeds.

Then, during engine braking, the electric motor works as a generator, delivering energy to the batteries.

The FE Hybrid truck for Saubermacher and its driver were blessed by Toni Faber, cathedral priest of the St Stephan's Cathedral in Vienna.

Herbert Spiegel, CEO Volvo Austria, and Christian Coolsaet, director commercial trucks, Volvo Trucks Central Europe, handed over the truck, stating that Austrians will benefit from noise levels reduced by up to 50% compared to a conventional truck, plus fuel consumption and CO2 emissions down 30%.

Brian Tinham

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