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Volvo Trucks Develop Safety and Emissions Innovations

Trucking and logistics depend on the innovation of vehicle manufacturers to improve efficiency and effective greenhouse gas reduction. Volvo Trucks is leading some of those breakthroughs.

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Truck technology is evolving rapidly based on concerted research by both government agencies and vehicle companies. Volvo is one of the leaders in research for safety and efficient operation. Here is an overview of some of their 2009 areas of emphasis.

Volvo Trucks Launches FH16

Volvo Trucks is launching Volvo FH16 with 700 hp and 3150 Nm of torque, the world's most powerful series-manufactured truck.

The company is the first manufacturer to be able to put a 700 hp badge on its vehicles, which is intended for the very heaviest and most demanding of transport operations.

Nitrogen Oxide Cut by More than 40%

The Volvo FH16 is certified for the new Euro 5 European emission requirements that come into force in autumn 2009, which means that emissions of nitrogen oxide have been cut by more than 40 percent. In other words, the Volvo FH16 has become even more powerful but without compromising on the environment. In addition to the 700 hp version the Volvo FH16 is also available in variants producing 540 and 600 hp respectively.

Volvo Solutions

Volvo Trucks provides complete transport solutions for professional and business-driven customers. The company offers a full range of medium to heavy duty trucks, with a strong global network of 3,000 service points in more than 130 countries. In 2007 Volvo Trucks sold more than 100,000 trucks worldwide. Volvo Trucks is a part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services. The Group also provides solutions for financing and service

Volvo VT880

Volvo VT 880 highway tractor as part of the Trusted Truck® partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Transportation Research Center, Inc. and Volvo Technology Corp. Trusted Truck is outfitted with on-board systems to monitor and relay important vehicle safety information such as brake condition and other critical performance factors from the vehicle to roadside or mobile monitors. This demonstration technology allows trucks deemed safe and “trusted” to bypass inspection stations so inspectors can focus on trucks that might be unsafe.

The Volvo VT 880 is also equipped with Volvo Link, an integrated onboard communications system that is standard equipment on all Volvo trucks sold in North America. The system allows drivers and fleet managers to communicate, and the operational condition of the truck to be remotely monitored and assessed.

Integrated Safety Truck

Volvo's Integrated Safety Truck (IST), is a Volvo FH tractor featuring active safety and driver alert technologies to help avoid accidents. The Volvo IST tests and evaluates active safety systems and human-machine interface solutions, including:
  • Active steering for lane keeping and lane change support
  • Driver warnings through steering wheel vibration
  • Detection of obstacles immediately in front of truck at startup and prevention of truck movement
  • Blind spot and near obstacle detection systems
  • Driver warning for excessive speed in approaching curves


Fuelwatch is Volvo Trucks’ comprehensive approach to squeeze every possible mile out of each drop of fuel, encompassing vehicle spec’ing, maintenance, performance monitoring and driver behavior. Central to obtaining optimal driver behavior is the analysis of logged vehicle data, which is extremely detailed information on vehicle performance and operation downloaded from the engine’s electronic control unit. This analysis can then be used to coach and train drivers in maximum fuel economy driving techniques.

Sustainable Logistics

Volvo Logistics, the Volvo Group’s logistics provider, is committed to delivering and developing services which reduce cost and environmental impact for customers. Continued development and use of advanced ITS technologies will increase transport productivity for increased fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Government /Industry Partnerships and Programs

Volvo Group is actively participating in a number of partnerships and programs in Europe and North America through Volvo Technology and Volvo Trucks. These efforts are intended to test, develop and bring to market advanced ITS infrastructures and technologies. Several of these projects will be presented at the ITS World Congress.

SOURCE: Volvo Trucks - North America and More info or contact Jim McNamara, Volvo Trucks North America, phone 336-393-2143, email:

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