Volvo FE low entry cab gets European debut 09 May 2014

Volvo Trucks is launching a low-entry version of the new Volvo FE for Euro 6, with a flat cab floor design, improved visibility and space for four crew.

Dubbed FE LEC (Low Entry Cab), it is aimed at refuse operations and city distribution.

"With the new Volvo FE LEC ... we are the only manufacturer to offer a refuse truck with low entry and automated manual gearbox as an alternative to a fully-automatic transmission," says Pernilla Sustovic, segment manager for distribution at Volvo Trucks.

"Volvo I-Shift makes driving more fuel-efficient and the transmission's lower weight means more payload," he adds.

The new truck is based on the latest generation medium duty Volvo FE, so the chassis, driveline, design, instruments and controls are all more or less identical.

However, entry height is 530 mm and the low-entry truck also has a kneeling function (activated as soon as the parking brake is applied), which takes it down a further 90 mm. The doors can be opened 90 degrees and the floor is flat throughout the cab.

Inside the cab, the driver's seat is cited forward of the crew seats to maximise visibility ahead and sideways, and there are large rear-view and close-quarter mirrors. Extra side windows behind the B-posts are available as an option.

The new truck is being unveiled this week at IFAT 2014 – one of the world's largest exhibitions covring the environment and refuse handling – in Munich.

Author
Brian Tinham

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