Volvo eyes 10% of the street clearance market 17 December 2009

Volvo's FE low-entry cab (LEC) Volvo's FE low-entry cab (LEC)

The launch of Volvo's FE low-entry cab (LEC) gave the company an opportunity to highlight some good news in a year that has seen Volvo Truck sell close to 20,000 units in "tough operating conditions", but also keep market share "broadly in line with 2008," according to Göran Nyberg, managing director for UK and Ireland.

The manufacturer is now hoping to capture a 10% share of the domestic waste and recycling collection truck market, which equates to around 150 units per annum. Volvo says it has already received orders "into double figures" with some major tenders having been submitted.

Despite sharing 90% of the cab panels with a standard FE, there are major changes to the 26-tonne LEC in the floor and passenger doorway. The cab's internal step automatically clears the operator at the doorway, preventing head impacts with the door. This step is also set 15cm lower than those of most of its competitors, allowing refuse collection workers to walk in and out forwards.

Further engineering developments on the cab have seen an improved load on the front axle - now up to 8 tonnes – combined with a 19-tonne rear bogie. That whole unit is now suspended by air, rather than hydraulics. The 6X2 truck also offers a hydraulic rear steer axle, enabling improved manoeuvrability around urban areas.

Beyond news of the LEC's arrival, Volvo Truck commercial director, Ian Mitchell says that successes with MOT first time pass rates (93%) and parts delivery (more than 99% by morning after order), had helped achieve a major two-year fleet deal with DHL, involving 1,000 units. The agreement follows similar contracts with other supermarket chains for distribution vehicles.

John Challen

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