Duo2

In collaboration with Vinnova, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, the Volvo Group is testing a truck with a length and weight larger than those available today in Europe.
In the European Union the maximum length and weight of trucks is 18.75 meters and 40 tons, except in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands where the limit is 25.25 meters and 60 tons. In this project, special permission has been attained from traffic authorities to test a 32-meter-long truck weighing up to 80 tons between Gothenburg and Malmö in Sweden (a journey of approximately 300 kilometers).

The vehicle combination is built on standard European modules combined in a new way. Initial feedback from the project has been positive in every respect, with recorded fuel savings of over 30 percent
The vehicle combination is built on standard European modules combined in a new way. The project is also testing a number of new and innovative safety and logistic features. Initial feedback from the project has been positive in every respect, with recorded fuel savings of over 30 percent. The first official reporting of the project will take place during 2013, and the project will continue for at least one more year when additional combinations will be deployed.

The main advantage of using longer vehicle combinations is that fewer vehicles are needed to transport a quantity of goods. As a result there will be a substantial reduction of carbon dioxide emissions – calculated per transported volume of freight.

Illustration of the Duo2 truck.