Volvo Trucks will be delivering 100 innovative Volvo FE hybrid trucks to 13 chosen countries in Europe by 2013. On September 28, the company chose Vienna’s historical Lusthaus pavillion as the first venue for its delivery of its hybrid truck in the German-speaking countries -- Switzerland, Germany and Austria -- to SPAR Austria, which is the biggest private-sector employer in Austria with its 74,000 employees.
Dr. Gerhard Drexel, the company's CEO, was at the presentation ceremony to receive the keys of the hybrid truck from Herbert Spiegel, who is the managing director of Volvo Austria GmbH, and Tommy Kohle, who serves as senior vice president corporate communications.
Suitably, attendants to the event traveled via public transport to lessen climate impact and were brought together from the U2 Stadium underground station by a Volvo hybrid bus to the Prater fairground.
When they arrived, the SPAR Climate Parade commenced with a show of e-cars, e-bikes and the Volvo FE hybrid.
The low-noise, low-emission Volvo truck will generally be utilized by SPAR in Vienna's city traffic to reduce noise pollution and promote effective climate protection.
The truck lessens fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 20%. Moreover, it can cover shorter distances silently with zero emissions at speeds reaching 50 km/h (30mph) on its electric motor alone, depending on usage.
The Volvo truck is a vehicle that has reduced noise in addition to low emission. To make sure that it can effectively promote to the people in Vienna the message of lower noise pollution and better climate protection, it will be exclusively driven by SPAR. In terms of fuel consumption and that of CO2 emissions, this hybrid truck is able to lower these by as much as 20%. Using solely the electric motor and depending on how it is used, the hybrid truck can quietly go shorter distances as fast as 50 km/h and produces no emissions.
Volvo Austria Managing Director Herbert Spiegel explained that in addition to the principal values of safety and quality, the company is committed to caring for the environment and this is seen in its truck production. The new Volvo FE hybrid though, he added, is an important milestone for Austria. The company is at the forefront when it comes to innovation in the manufacture and supply of efficient solutions for transport, he continued.
There is already a large amount of interest generated for the company’s production-ready technology and the company hopes to attain more milestones in the future with regards to sustainable logistics, Spiegel said further.
Gerhard Drexel meanwhile shared that he was fascinated with the advanced technology coming from Volvo Trucks. According to him, he was impressed with the fact that while electronic cars and bicycles needed to be charged at stations, Volvo’s fully-hybrid truck can recharge the battery by simply using its own braking force. This is the reason, he added, why the Volvo FE was selected to be driven in Vienna as its streets typically require one to start and then stop constantly.