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Volvo to develop lightweight composite sleepers

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Volvo says it will begin developing lightweight composite sleeper cabs to reduce overall vehicl...


GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo says it will begin developing lightweight composite sleeper cabs to reduce overall vehicle weight and fuel consumption.

The company will develop the sleeper cabs along with the US Army, and has secured some federal funding to help with the development. Volvo says the composite materials that will be used will provide for better corrosion-resistance, improved insulation and should also offer a quieter sleeping environment.

“This project allows Volvo to explore the benefits of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques for military vehicles and commercial freight operations,” said Scott Kress, Volvo senior vice-president, sales and marketing.

As part of the project, the company will build three sleeper cabs, the first of which will be delivered in late 2009. The cabs will consist of three pieces: a one-piece composite sleeper; a composite roof; and Volvo’s steel cab, which will be modified to accommodate the new composite sleeper. Volvo says it will conduct shaker testing to ensure it can stand up to the rigors of the road.


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