Volvo unveils viable hybrid technology
Apr 1, 2006 12:00 PM
The Volvo Group presents an efficient hybrid system for heavy vehicles that offers fuel savings of up to 35%.
Designated I-SAM, this hybrid concept provides maximum fuel savings on routes with frequent braking and accelerations. Maintenance costs for vehicles can also be reduced through reduced wear on the braking system.
I-SAM consists of a combined starter motor, drive motor, and alternator, along with an electronic control unit. The system interacts with Volvo's I-Shift automatic gearshifting system. Batteries are recharged by the diesel engine and whenever the brakes are applied.
The electric motor offers smooth performance at low speeds, supplementing the diesel engine's performance as speed rises. This system allows the truck to accelerate under electric power alone.
“Thanks to the electric motor's capacity, the diesel engine can be automatically switched off when the truck stops to make deliveries, pick up loads, or pauses at traffic lights,” said Lars Märtensson, environmental affairs manager at Volvo Trucks. Auxiliary functions such as the servo pump and AC compressor are driven electrically in the hybrid truck instead of by the diesel engine.
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