Volvo Dump Trucks 24/03/2008
Volvo Group is bringing dump trucks into the future with environmental friendly construction equipment. At this years Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC) in Washington DC, Volvo dump trucks made a big impact. The conference held from March 4 through 6, by the US State Department aims to showcase breaking technology in the forefront of renewable energy and to highlight environmental global challenges and possibilities. Volvo Group already made an impact in Stockholm and Brussels last year when they introduced carbon-dioxide neutral Volvo dump trucks. This year at WIREC Volvo Group showcased seven different dump trucks along with Mack. The trucks; four Volvo FMs, two Volvo VNs and a Mack Pinnacle, come equipped with modified engines that operate with seven different renewable fuels/fuel combinations. The dump trucks are the first of its kind that can be driven without any net contribution of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
Volvo CEO Leif Johansson said, Volvo has the technology and resources for carbon-dioxide free Volvo dump trucks, but we cannot do it alone. We also need large scale production of renewable fuels and for this to occur requires substantial investments in research and development as well as clear and common guidelines from politicians and government authorities in as many countries as possible. Both the Swedish and American governments are involved in research and development projects to reduce the fossil fuels in the heavy vehicles and construction equipment industry. Volvo Group is also involved in various projects in the areas of energy and automotive development. For Volvo these projects include developing drivelines for heavy vehicles that are adapted to alternative fuels.