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 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.