Volvo Trucks electromobility bodybuilder and industry information day took place recently at TUS, Athlone Campus. For Volvo Trucks, integration of bodies and superstructures has always been very important to reach the best solutions for all parties involved.
“The aim with this information day is to introduce stakeholders to Volvo Trucks battery electric vehicles and provide useful information on how bodies and superstructures can best be integrated with these newly powered vehilces. There will also be a chance to learn about the training that Volvo Trucks can offer, working specifically with electric vehicles,” explained Mark Collins, e-Mobility & Body Builder Product Manager – Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland. Fleet Transport was present on the day.
Topics covered on the day:
- Volvo Trucks electromobility product and power-take-off overview
- Factory processes and non-standard adaptations
- Volvo training options including vehicle walk-around
- Volvo network / service information
- Handling electric vehicles at your premises
- Homologation and Type Approval
- Q&A and feedback
Volvo Truck’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility has led to the development of a range of award-winning electric trucks. These mid-heavy duty vehicles are designed to meet the growing demand for cleaner and more energy-efficient transportation solutions. The electric trucks offered by Volvo are equipped with cutting-edge battery technology, providing a sustainable alternative to traditional diesel-powered trucks.
Key Features of Volvo Electric Trucks:
- Battery Technology: Volvo electric trucks leverage advanced lithium-ion battery technology, offering a high energy density and long-range capabilities. These batteries are designed to withstand the rigors of heavy-duty transportation while minimizing environmental impact.
- Electric Drivetrain: The electric drivetrain in Volvo trucks ensures high efficiency and low emissions. Electric motors provide instant torque, resulting in excellent performance and acceleration, even under heavy loads.
- Regenerative Braking: Volvo electric trucks incorporate regenerative braking systems, capturing and converting kinetic energy back into electrical energy. This feature enhances energy efficiency and contributes to extended battery life.
- Connectivity and Telematics: Volvo trucks are equipped with advanced connectivity and telematics solutions. Fleet managers can monitor and optimize vehicle performance, ensuring efficient operation and reducing downtime.
Mounting Truck Bodies:
When it comes to mounting truck bodies on Volvo electric trucks, several considerations must be taken into account to ensure seamless integration and optimal performance.
- Weight Distribution: The placement of the truck body must consider the weight distribution to maintain the stability and balance of the vehicle. This is crucial for safety and operational efficiency, especially in electric trucks where the battery weight may impact the centre of gravity.
- Structural Compatibility: The design and structure of the truck body should be compatible with the electric truck chassis. Volvo Trucks provides specifications and guidelines for body manufacturers to ensure proper alignment and attachment points.
- Aerodynamics: Efficient aerodynamics play a crucial role in the overall performance of electric trucks. Truck bodies should be designed to minimize wind resistance, enhancing the range and energy efficiency of the vehicle.
Power Take-Offs (PTOs):
PTOs play a vital role in various truck applications, powering auxiliary equipment such as hydraulic pumps, generators, and compressors. In the context of Volvo electric trucks, integrating PTOs requires special attention to align with the unique characteristics of electric drivetrains:
- Electric PTOs: Instead of traditional mechanical PTOs, Volvo electric trucks utilize electric PTOs that draw power directly from the electric drivetrain. This design allows for precise control and efficient power delivery to auxiliary equipment.
- Integration with Battery Management System (BMS): Electric PTOs are integrated with the truck’s BMS to optimize power usage and prevent overloading the battery. This ensures that auxiliary equipment operates seamlessly without compromising the overall performance of the electric truck.
Volvo Trucks’ commitment to sustainability and innovation is evident in its advancements in electric truck technology. The integration of truck bodies and PTOs with electric trucks requires careful consideration of weight distribution, structural compatibility, and aerodynamics. As the industry continues to evolve, the collaboration between truck manufacturers and body builders will play a crucial role in delivering efficient and sustainable transportation solutions. Leo Gunning