25 May '11, 8pm

#Volvo crash tests its heavy-duty hybrid truck #auto #crashtest #green

Crash-testing the Volvo heavy-duty hybrid truck 25 May 2011 The Volvo FE Hybrid (earlier post ) is propelled in parallel by an electric motor and a diesel engine, making possible fuel savings of up to 30%, and is equipped with a battery pack weighing 578 kg (1,274 lbs). Volvo crash-tested the hybrid, which will primarily perform distribution and refuse collection duties in urban areas, by simulating a collision in which a car hits the side of the battery pack at a speed of 46 km/h (29 mph). This is a common accident type in city traffic, where this type of truck will see most service. The scenario is a car that goes through a red light and drives into the side of a truck. It’s immensely important to carry out collision tests when working with new alternative drivelines. In the hybrid truck, the battery pack is fitted at the side of the vehicle and we must be absolutely sur...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/05/crash-20110525.html

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