Göteborg, Sweden – Volvo Group has started sales of heavy-duty hybrid trucks to customers in select European markets. The trucks, sold under the name Volvo FE Hybrid, offer fuel savings of up to 30 per cent and will be used primarily in distribution and refuse operations in urban environments.

The Volvo FE Hybrid uses a parallel system and can run on electricity or diesel, simultaneously or independently of each other. Depending on the driving cycle, the trucks can cut fuel and carbon dioxide emissions by between 15 and 20 per cent, and up to 30 per cent when using the electric compactor on hybrid refuse trucks.

“Our ability to initiate hybrid production is tremendously inspiring and important for our continuing product development, since some form of hybrid technology will be used for most trucks in the future,” said Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks Europe Division. “Hybrid operation is definitely a key piece in the puzzle when endeavoring to achieve energy-efficient transport.”

The trucks will initially be produced in a limited series of about 100 vehicles, starting in June, and will be delivered from 2011 to 2013. The company has produced hybrid buses at its plant in Poland since 2010.

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