Volvo Construction Equipment showed several futuristic concepts and innovations from electromobility to intelligent machines and total site solutions at the company’s Xploration Forum in Eskilstuna, Sweden, this week.
Highlights of the forum included unveiling the LX1 prototype hybrid wheeled loader – a machine with the potential to improve fuel efficiency by a claimed up to 50%; demonstrations of a prototype autonomous wheeled loader and articulated hauler working together; and an electric site solution that showcased the new concept HX1 autonomous, battery-electric, load carrier.
The electric site project aims to transform the quarry and aggregates industry by reducing carbon emissions by up to 95% and total cost of ownership by up to 25%. All of the innovations shown at the Xploration Forum are ongoing research projects that are not commercially available at this stage.
The Xploration Forum, which builds on the Innovation Forum Volvo held in 2013, aims to underscore the company’s position as a pioneer of construction equipment. “We’ve set ourselves four key technology challenges that we call Triple Zero and 10x: zero emissions, zero accidents, zero unplanned stops and 10x higher efficiency,” says Martin Weissburg, president, Volvo Construction Equipment.
“We believe that our clear focus on electromobility, intelligent machines and total site solutions will help us achieve these ambitious goals and pave the way for a sustainable construction industry.”