Peter Johansson is one of the developers behind the new cab. He tells us about the challenge of creating an effective working environment that is also a relaxing home environment. The key was a cab with more space.
“Now all cabs have full standing height inside. The upright A-pillars put a further ten centimetres of air between the seated driver and the windscreen. The whole cabin is lighter and airier,” says Peter Johansson, responsible for cab ergonomics.
“Now all cabs have full standing height inside”
A cubic metre of possibilities
Altogether the cab has grown by one cubic metre. More air, but also more storage space. “Wherever you sit in the cab, you have storage space within reach. The new catwalk shelves above the doors, for example. These are ideal for the little things you often need to take with you when you’re in and out of the cab,” says Peter Johansson. “And now you get lots of daylight coming in from above, thanks to the large sunroof that also works as an escape hatch,” says Peter Johansson.
Smarter storage for compact living
Quality of life inside the cab is better by design. One of many functional ideas is the jalousie covers on the storage compartments that stop belongings from falling out. “We chose the jalousies because they add a high quality feeling to the interior – but more importantly, because they can be opened up completely without stealing living space inside the cab,” explains Peter Johansson.
The overhead front compartments have been made bigger and have their own removable shelves. This makes it easier to organise your things and keep them in place. The upper compartments at the back of the cab are available at different heights, allowing you to optimise space with, or without, a second bunk.
“These ones have jalousie covers that open sideways – not unlike a wardrobe you might have at home – and lighting that turns on automatically when you open them,” says Peter Johansson. There’s even a foldaway drying cupboard for wet clothes on days when the driver gets caught out by rain.
Above or below
You can choose to have the fridge in the shelf above the bed, otherwise it’s placed under the bed with the lower storage drawers. “The fridge has grown from 27 to 33 litres and includes a freezer compartment. This allows you to store more food and to keep milk cartons and bottles upright. There’s even space for 1.5 litre PET bottles, so drinks are still cold when you drink them,” adds Peter Johansson. Another clever detail is the drawer that’s hidden in the side of the instrument panel, which combines a sturdy cup holder with a concealed compartment for your personal effects.