Volvo’s new hybrid truck could slash emissions by 30%

Volvo’s first hybrid vehicle designed for long haul journeys could slash fuel consumption and emissions by 30%. The Volvo Concept Truck uses a hybrid powertrain to store energy when driving downhill or braking, which is then used to power the vehicle in electric mode on flat roads and shallow gradients. This highly efficient engine system is further aided by the truck’s aerodynamic […]

New Volvo truck is 88% more efficient

A new Volvo truck has made a freight efficiency improvement of 88%. Volvo’s SuperTruck demonstrator uses an improved engine, solar panels, thermal efficiency upgrades and lightweight materials to achieve the massive reduction in fuel use. The project initially began five years ago after the US Department of Energy (DoE) set a challenge for companies to build a truck that […]

Volvo aims to sell one million EVs by 2025

Volvo Cars has announced it aims to sell up to one million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025. To achieve the goal, the car manufacturer has planned to launch at least one new chargeable vehicle per year. The Swedish firm added it will allow them to offer two plug-in hybrids or EVs per model. It also plans to […]

Cities ‘could save millions by using electric buses’

Electric buses could help cities save millions for society and the environment. That’s the finding of research by car manufacturer Volvo and KPMG which analysed a city with around 500,000 inhabitants and 400 buses. It stated e-buses would save cities up to SEK100 million (£7.8m) per year. They could also reduce 33,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. […]

Volvo renews green transport pledge

Volvo has refreshed its promise to trim the emissions from making its cars by at least 40 million tonnes of CO2 by 2020 compared with 2013. Today the Swedish carmaker announced its renewed commitment to environmental charity WWF’s Climate Savers programme. This asks multi-national companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. It is developing a truck […]

Volvo to launch new hybrid electric bus

Volvo is to officially launch its new plug-in hybrid bus this week. It claims the 7900 Electric Hybrid model is silent, cleaner and will lower fuel usage and carbon dioxide by up to 75% compared to a conventional diesel bus. The bus can run for around seven kilometres on an electric motor but also has […]

ABB and Volvo team up for electric bus charging

Engineering giant ABB has joined forces with Volvo Buses to develop a network of new electric bus charging points. The companies will work together to roll out a city-wide “fast” recharging network for plug-ins in Luxembourg in 2015 as part of their efforts to cut emissions from the city’s transport system. The buses could be […]

Volvo teams up with British Gas for world’s first plug-in diesel hybrid

Volvo has teamed up with British Gas to help drivers of the world’s first plug-in diesel hybrid keep theirs cars charged and on the road. British Gas is to provide a free car charging package to anyone who buys the new V60 D6 AWD (pictured) before 2015. It includes a home charge point and access […]

Volvo’s plug-in hybrid qualifies for Government grant

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has announced its new plug-in diesel car (pictured) has won approval for the Government’s grant worth £5,000 for buyers. The Plug-in Car Grant is meant to tempt buyers to choose new ultra-low carbon vehicles and increase the uptake in the country. In order to qualify for the Government grant, the Volvo […]

All aboard the low carbon buses

It was all aboard green public transport today as Transport Minister Norman Baker announced £31 million will be spent on 439 low carbon buses. The Government’s Green Bus Fund will bring down fuel emission and air pollution levels, says the Department for Transport, with the cash meant to encourage bus operators and local councils to […]