Hybrid Refuse Truck

ID

140626

SHOOT DATE

08 Sep 2008

SHOOT LOCATION

Gothenburg, Sweden

DESCRIPTION
Narrated Package
SHOT LIST
Description: Refuse trucks ext Refuse collector Hybrid truck ext Cabin interior Interview Stefan Lindberg, Refuse collector, Renova Hybrid Truck ext, road bird view Stefan Lindberg, Refuse collector, Renova Hybrid Truck ext, city Interview Lars Thulin, Vehicle Development Manager, Renova, Refuse collecting in city center, Collectors and truck Interview Lars Thulin, Vehicle Development Manager, Renova, Hybrid Truck on city street, Hybrid Logo Interview Johan Andersson, Vehicle Electronics Engineer, Volvo, Ext Truck Battery pack Interview Johan Andersson, Vehicle Electronics Engineer, Volvo, Hybrid logo People in park Interview Lars Mårtensson, Environmental Director, Volvo Trucks People in park Interview Lars Mårtensson, Environmental Director, Volvo Trucks Hybrid Truck ext on road Transcript: An armada of refuse trucks roll out to clear away our garbage. Noisy, rumbling trucks that guzzle up diesel when idling right outside our bedroom windows. Until now, here it is. The world’s first hybrid refuse truck in operation. And it’s quiet. Stefan Lindgren, refuse collector, Renova, behind the steering wheel “All people know a truck is noisy, but now you come on the street and people can´t hear it just see it.” He has emptied refuse bins for 20 years. Now he drives the first hybrid refuse truck in the world. Volvo’s new hybrid truck combines a diesel engine with an electric motor. At low speeds and when stationary, it’s the electric motor that supplies the power. Not until the truck reaches a speed of 20 kph does the diesel engine cut in. Stefan Lindgren, refuse collector, Renova “And now we go with the battery, and then when I press the pedal down, the engine starts” (He drives on) Every time he brakes, the braking power is used to re-charge the battery. That’s why a hybrid is the optimum vehicle for refuse collection. Lars Thulin, Vehicle development manager, Renova “We have so many stop and go. We stop very many times, and refuse trucks stands still about 70 per cent of the day when they are loading and compacting to collect the waste. That the diesel engine turns off is clearly a major saving for the refuse collection company and a clear advantage for the environment. But the electric hybrid also provides a better working environment for refuse collectors. Lars Thulin, Vehicle development manager, Renova “It is very much better environment for the workers and for the people around the vehicle too, with the low noise and no emission out.” Of course, we have seen private cars with the hybrid technique, but to design something that functions day in and day out for the industrial transport sector makes completely different demands of power and durability. Johan Andersson. Vehicle electronics engineer, Volvo “It is a huge difference between a car and a truck. A car is approximately 1500kg or something like that. This is 26000 kg.” And hidden under here is the actual technology. A battery of the same lithium-ion type as used in a mobile phone – but considerably bigger. Johan Andersson. Vehicle electronics engineer, Volvo “In weight it is about 200 kg and in size like this” The motor industry calculates that technical developments reduce fuel consumption by, on average, 1% per year. Lars Mårtensson, Environmental director, Volvo Trucks “We need to use the fuel we have today in a much more efficient way.” With the hybrid technique in operation this will achieve a single fuel reducing stride that corresponds to between 20-30 years’ developments! Lars Mårtensson, Environmental director, Volvo Trucks “It will save fuel, it will save between 20-30 per cent fuel and thereby also reduce CO2 emissions.” “The refuse trucks is just the beginning. We see in the future we will also be using hybrid technology in long haulage and other applications too.”
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  • Par Aronsson
    Media Relations
    Sweden
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