The manufacturer is now offering a version optimised for the driver and a single passenger, with the option of an air-suspended passenger seat.
The new cab option is an extension of the current LEC design, which can transport up to three passengers and offers a walk-through floor. These functions are needed in some operations, says Volvo, but are not necessary in all cases where a low entry could be an advantage.
“In city distribution, for example, the driver does all the driving and deliveries alone,” explains Anders Edenholm, sector manager for distribution at Volvo Trucks.
“However, the low entry offers a huge ergonomic advantage when you have to enter and exit the cab over 50 times a day, plus the enhanced visibility means improved safety for vulnerable road users,” he adds.
The latest version has an engine tunnel instead of a flat floor, and the optional air-suspended seat makes it more suitable for city distribution work, says Volvo.
The Volvo FE has a range of powertrain options, including the option to use HVO in the D8K Euro VI engines, and is available with adaptive cruise control and adjustable speed limiter options – both of which will also prove useful for urban distribution, Volvo points out.