Cue the Volvo Concept Truck, an experimental vehicle that cuts fuel by more than 30 percent when compared to the production truck on which it is based. Indeed, there’s still a long way to go until Volvo reaches the magic number but then again, the concept truck is a step towards that direction. That said, what’s so special about this Volvo FH 420 equipped with the Euro 6-compliant D13 inline-six turbo diesel?
The most important key features are, as you can see from the photograph above, the aerodynamic trailer and tractor. To reduce air resistance even further, Volvo Trucks engineers replaced the mirrors with video cameras. Even the side skirts that cover the rear wheels of the tractor and the trailer wheels are aerodynamically optimized, as are the front wheel housings and entry steps.
"We continuously work on developing more energy-efficient vehicles. This is a high-priority area both out of environmental concern and in order to reduce our customers' costs. We're proud to be able to drive this development. Our concept truck showcases the immense power of on-going technical advances," commented Claes Nilsson, president and chief executive officer of Volvo Trucks.
According to Volvo Trucks, some of the technological advancements of this research project will be implemented on series production vehicles in the future. This is jolly good news because better fuel economy equals smaller operation cost for trucking companies. If we look further down the chain, more economical heavy-duty trucks equals lower prices for everything that can be transported in a semi-trailer.