Lighter up front

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

TRUCKS of the fu­ture will be su­perlight, say Volvo en­gi­neers who have de­vel­oped a way of build­ing trucks that weigh less while car­ry­ing the same pay­load. The tech­nol­ogy comes from Volvo’s work in the aero­space in­dus­try, but the com­pany sees the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply it to trucks. Volvo says there is the po­ten­tial to re­duce the weight of the cab and chas­sis of a heavy-duty truck by at least 20 per cent within 10 years. A lighter ve­hi­cle could be pow­ered by a smaller en­gine, which could re­sult in lower fuel and car­bon emis­sions. The chal­lenge is to re­duce the cost of the ex­pen­sive ma­te­ri­als that would have to be used in the su­per-light ve­hi­cle, but that’s ex­pected to hap­pen once pro­duc­tion is ramped up.

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