At the annual Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, new aerodynamic and powertrain features were introduced which, when combined with the improvements already achieved through the use of SCR technology, deliver fuel efficiency gains of 8-12% over the previous generation of trucks (EPA 2007).
The world’s most powerful hybrid truck was launched by Volvo Trucks in the first quarter. The Volvo FE Hybrid, the first parallel hybrid from Volvo Trucks, uses techniques able to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 20%, and it makes the truck much more silent. This is a very competitive solution for heavy distribution and waste disposal in urban areas.
Renault Trucks launched a system called Optiroll on the Renault Premium Route Optifuel, which further reduces fuel consumption.