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Volvo Trucks were named recently as the ‘Large Goods Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year’, at GreenFleet’ magazine’s awards evening held at Twickenham Rugby Stadium, near London, to recognise pioneers in environmental transport and green fleet management.

The award, which was won against stiff opposition, was handed to Volvo Trucks' Press Officer Nigel Hanwell by impressionist and ‘green' activist, Alistair McGowan in recognition of Volvo Trucks' development of environmental Hybrid solutions for both truck and bus fleet operators.

‘GreenFleet's award ceremony coincided with the launch this summer of series production of the Volvo FE Hybrid truck in 13 markets throughout the EU but, in addition, ‘GreenFleet' commented, "Not only has Volvo's Hybrid reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 30%, but it has made a potentially noisy urban operation much quieter - an ideal solution for distribution, passenger transport and waste disposal operations in dense, urban environments."

Volvo's Hybrid vehicles are parallel hybrids, which means that energy from the diesel engine and 120 kilowatt electric motor can be utilised either together or independently of one another. The system switches automatically between the two power sources. When the hybrid is driven in first gear, the vehicle is powered solely by its electric motor, giving the driver alert throttle response and thus excellent driveability. Then, when the hybrid mode kicks in, the diesel engine and the electric motor will work in parallel to optimise fuel savings.

What is more, Volvo's hybrid technology is designed to recover as much as energy as possible during braking and this is stored in the very latest type of lithium ion batteries. No extra recharging from external sources is required.

"We are particularly proud of our hybrid vehicles as they whisper their way around the streets, which improves the environment for the residents and, of course, for the people who operate the vehicle every day. During acceleration, the noise level is half that of a conventional diesel truck," said Göran Nyberg, Volvo Group UK's Managing Director.

This is now the fifth year out of six that Volvo has been successful in winning the ‘GreenFleet' 'LGV Manufacturer of the Year' award - excluding a ‘GreenFleet' European award won in 2008.

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Notes for Editors :
1. ‘GreenFleet', the magazine is dedicated to promoting a cleaner environment, holds its Awards evening every year to recognise pioneers in environmental transport and green fleet management.
2. Attended by many big names in the car, van and truck fleet industry, the Awards - sponsored by O2 - were presented by impressionist, Alistair McGowan, who referred to them as 'the oscars of the fleet industry'.
3. Alistair McGowan serves as an ambassador to WWF-UK, part of the global World Wide Fund for Nature, and campaigns on a number of environmental issues.
4. The LGV Manufacturer of the Year award - previously HGV Manufacturer of the Year - recognises environmental advancements in the Large Goods Vehicle Sector (over 7.5 Tonnes).

For more information, please contact : Nigel Hanwell, Press Officer, Volvo Trucks Tel: +44 (0) 1926 414210 Mobile: +44 (0) 7831 817083 Fax: +44 (0) 1926 414386 E-mail :

Volvo Trucks' pioneering success in the use of alternative fuels, such as this FE Hybrid being used by Veolia in Westminster, have been recognised by ‘GreenFleet' magazine at their recent awards evening. image/pjpeg 1.8 MB
Volvo Trucks' Press Officer, Nigel Hanwell (centre) receives the ‘GreenFleet' award from impressionist and ‘green' activist, Alistair McGowan (left) and Mark Timms of award sponsor, Garmin (right) image/pjpeg 1.9 MB
Volvo's pioneering success in the use of alternative fuels, such as this Volvo B5TL Hybrid bus being used in London, have been recognised by ‘GreenFleet' magazine at their recent awards evening image/pjpeg 1.5 MB

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