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by Sam Rawlings

Volvo Trucks has revealed a concept vehicle that it claims cuts fuel consumption by ‘more than 30 per cent’.

Dubbed the Volvo Concept Truck and built with support from the Swedish Energy Agency, the vehicle is part of a project that aims to reduce fuel consumption in long-haul trucks by 50 per cent.

“We continuously work on developing more energy-efficient vehicles. This is a high-priority area both out of environmental concern and in order to reduce our customers’ costs,” said Claes Nilsson, President and CEO Volvo Trucks

“We’re proud to be able to drive this development. Our concept truck showcases the immense power of on-going technical advances.”

According to the manufacturer, one of the biggest factors contributing to the reduction in fuel consumption is a claimed 40 per cent improvement to aerodynamic efficiency.

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“We’ve modified the entire rig and optimised it for improved aerodynamics as much as possible.”

“For instance, we use cameras instead of rear-view mirrors. This cuts air resistance, so less energy is needed to propel the truck,” said Ake Othzen, Volvo Trucks chief project manager.

Additionally, the concept vehicle has been fitted with an aerodynamically-optimised chassis that features side-skirt covers over the rear wheels of the prime mover and trailer, spoilers to cut air resistance and the wheel housings and entry steps are also shrouded.

The vehicle also gains tyres designed for lower rolling resistance and the engine’s cooling system has been designed for maximum air flow.

While this concept vehicle remains part of the development project, it isn’t available for purchase, although some of the aerodynamic components born from the project have been implemented on some of Volvo Trucks’ series-produced vehicles.

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