WASHINGTON, D.C. — Volvo has rolled out its unique hybrid technology for heavy vehicles, I-SAM (Integrated Starter Alternator Motor), at an event today at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Technology unveiled for the guests includes a construction truck equipped with a hybrid driveline that was developed for the US Air Force. Development of the truck was carried out in close cooperation with the US Air Force, which had also been involved in producing a prototype of a tanker truck with hybrid drive.
In March 2006, Volvo first presented its I-SAM hybrid, which officials say can provide fuel savings of up to 35% depending on application area and driving conditions. The first vehicles are expected to enter production in 2009.
The issue of climate changes and uncertainty regarding the supply and pricing of oil makes hybrid drive an extremely attractive technology for our customers, said Leif Johansson, Volvo CEO. With our solution, we can offer technology that saves fuel and the environment and, consequently, can be good business for society and our customers.
Truck News executive editor James Menzies is on site at the event and will soon file a full report. More to come.
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