Volvo Rig Tested Successfully in the One More Pile Project

Aimed at finding optimal ways to rationalize timber haulage, the One More Pilot project has recently concluded another testing phase, using a 30 meter long Volvo rig with a payload of 66 tonnes.We are talking about Europe's longest truck rig used for scheduled runs.

According to a recent report, if this type of rig were to become standard, fuel consumption from timber haulage would be reduced by 20 percent.

“We've provided all the technology and developed the whole vehicle concept. The trailer consists of a modular system encompassing a dolly, a link and a semitrailer, and offers many combination options,"
explains Lena Larsson, project manager at Volvo Trucks.

Driving the rig was Sanna Brannstrom, her twentieth run with the 90 tonne truck. The truck, a Volvo FH16 with a 660 hp engine, has been in operation for two years now, during which it has hauled over 100,000 tonnes of timber.

"It's very comfortable inside and behaves just like any other truck,"
said Sanna Brannstrom. "It's important to plan carefully while driving and speed up a bit extra ahead of uphill stretches."

Safety wise, an EBS is connected to the tractor and all the trailers. This technology enables all the wheels to be braked simultaneously, preventing the One More Pile rig from having a longer stopping distance than a conventional 60 tonne rig.

Volvo Trucks' web-based transport information system, Dynafleet, is used in the project to monitor the vehicle in real time and register fuel consumption, driving speed, environmental impact, load per axle and different drivers' driving behaviour.
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