Our trucks are 40% more fuel-efficient today than they were 40 years ago. And we’ve committed to make them 1% more efficient every year.
Increasing the length of a truck improves its transport efficiency. And its fuel consumption is reduced. It’s a simple concept. So we’re working with different stakeholders to help make it happen - thereby reducing C02.
As diesel engines evolve, emission levels drop. In the EU, US and Japan, emissions have reduced between 75% and 95% in the past 20 years. Since the requirements are being applied more widely, other countries aren’t too far behind.
We welcome tougher legislation. And could meet stricter emissions requirements before they come into force. Any new legislation, however, needs to work hand-in-hand with improvements in fuel quality.
Pollution doesn’t stop at geographical borders. So we want the legally permitted limits to be globally consistent. We also want plans in place to help phase out older truck models that are still in operation.
Noise pollution is damaging to people’s health. At speeds over 50km/h, it’s the tyres, not the driveline, making the noise. So we’re looking at the entire vehicle to help reduce noise: truck, superstructure, tyres. Everything.
Around a third of the materials in a new Volvo truck come from recycled materials. And up to 90% of the truck can be recycled at the end of its life.
This is because we label components for easy identification and dismantling. We also renovate used parts, provide dismantling manuals and operate dismantling facilities.
We’re the only manufacturer in our industry to conduct life cycle assessments. On all of our trucks. And we’ve used this invaluable information in our footprint calculator. The calculator takes into account everything over a truck's entire lifecycle: materials, energy consumption, emissions and more.