Lighter up front
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.