The Group started the serial production of the Volvo Hybrid city bus and the Volvo Hybrid double-decker in 2010 and has offered two models of hybrid trucks, the Volvo FE Hybrid and the Renault Premium Hybrys-Tech, in selected European markets since 2011. Read more about these vehicles under Product Development.
Other hybrid vehicles are currently being tested.
Plug-in hybrid trucks
The Volvo Group has demonstrated several hybrid vehicles in North America over the past five years. Between 2012 and 2014 a new project will develop and demonstrate plug-in hybrid technology on a Mack drayage truck in California.
Port drayage refers to the movement of shipping containers between a marine terminal and an inland distribution point. Short average distances, frequent stops and prolonged idling make the drayage truck a good candidate for hybridization and plug-in technologies.
This project is a cooperation between the Volvo Group and South Coast Air Quality Management District, the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Plug-in hybrid buses
Volvo Buses has also taken the next step in electrification by commencing the development of a plug-in hybrid bus. The plug-in hybrid has a new type of battery and charging equipment that will make it possible to charge the battery via the electricity network.
Simulations have shown a potential for reducing energy consumption by up to 65 percent compared with today’s diesel buses. The field tests will start in May 2013.
Joint venture for drivelines
In 2011 Volvo Buses and the Chinese company SAIC Motors agreed to form a new joint-venture company for the development of driveline systems for electric and hybrid drive. The company conducts research and development, assemble new driveline systems and complete vehicle matching, prototype manufacturing and test new energy driveline systems. The company is based in Shanghai, China and operated by Sunwin Bus.