The Volvo FE LEC also has a door opening angle of 90 degrees on the passenger side. This combined with the low entry height means it is possible to exit the cab facing outwards while maintaining a watchful eye on the surrounding traffic. Also, the floor is entirely flat.
Safety wise, the accent was put on visibility and maneuverability. In addition to large rear-view mirrors and close-visibility mirrors, there is a low window in the passenger door and extra side windows in the rear of the cab.
In other respects too the Volvo FE LEC has been specially configured for efficient city operations, with a high-torque seven-litre engine producing a choice of 300 or 340 horsepower mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The truck is available in 4x2 or 6x2 configuration with a steered tag axle, offering excellent maneuverability even in narrow streets.
"For refuse handling in particular, but also in other services, there is an increasing demand for cabs with a low entry. We are now meeting our customers' requirements with a truck that is type-approved throughout Europe and that shares 95 percent of its components with standard versions of the Volvo FE," said Anders Bellini, Product Manager, City and Regional Distribution, Volvo Trucks.