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INNOVATION

THE HOME OF BRIGHT IDEAS

innovation

Innovation is at the core of Volvo Construction Equipment. It's our company mindset and our way of working. With over 180 years of construction and innovation expertise, we are at the forefront of technological development.

Innovation infiltrates every aspect of our product development process – from early conceptual exploration through to production. As well as optimizing conventional technology, we are developing radical, game-changing solutions. Our advanced engineering team looks as many as 30 years into the future and provides our organization with roadmaps of the technologies that are in their infancy today but which could make a big difference in the future.

The plan

This is our view on the ownership and operation of our future products. Some would call this a vision. We call it "The Plan”.

THE XPLORATION FORUM

In September 2016, we invited hundreds of customers, members of the international press, government representatives and academics to attend our Xploration Forum in Eskilstuna, Sweden. At the event we unveiled a range of futuristic concepts and innovations from electromobility to intelligent machines and total site solutions.

Everything was presented under the umbrella of ‘Volvo Concept Lab’ – a technology communication platform for Volvo-branded companies within the Volvo Group to showcase their research and development projects.

Learn more about the Xploration Forum 2016
The LX1 and HX1 prototypes

The LX1 electric hybrid wheel loader can deliver up to a 50% improvement in fuel efficiency. The machine also offers a significant reduction in emissions and noise pollution compared to its conventional counterparts.

The HX1 concept machine is an autonomous, battery electric, load carrier. The prototype machine is one element of an electric site research project that predicts up to a 95% reduction in carbon emissions and up to a 25% reduction in total cost of ownership.

Learn more about the LX1 and HX1
Prototype autonomous machines

Autonomous machines will increase safety in hazardous working environments and eliminate the possibility of accidents caused by human error. Our research engineers have upgraded two standard Volvo machines – a L120 wheel loader and an A25F articulated hauler – with autonomous technology.

In a one-hour comparison it was found that the autonomous wheel loader could reach the equivalent of 70% of that of a skilled operator’s productivity levels when loading and unloading. This is not just theoretical, the machine has also done 'real work' for one of our customers at an asphalt plant in Sweden.

Electric Site

We are working on an electric site research project that aims to transform the quarry and aggregates industry by reducing carbon emissions by up to 95% and total cost of ownership by up to 25%.

As well as a fleet of HX1s, other prototype machines that make-up the electric site system include a hybrid wheel loader and a grid-connected excavator. New technology encompasses machine and fleet control systems and logistic solutions for electric machines in quarries.

Volvo CE is at the forefront of technological development. Each year, the Volvo Group invests billions of Swedish Kronor in research and development to drive the evolution of new innovations.

Martin Weissburg

Member of the Volvo Group Executive Board and President of Volvo CE
VOLVO CO-PILOT

The in-house developed Volvo Co-Pilot is designed for use on machines as diverse as excavators to pavers. It uses a tablet computer to deliver a new generation of intelligent machine services, such as Load Assist, Dig Assist, Compact Assist and Pave Assist.

Volvo Co-Pilot and the assist-functionalities help operators to produce higher quality outcomes, in less time and with less effort.

It won prestigious human-machine interface (HMI) award in June 2016.

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Research collaboration to spark innovation

At Volvo Construction Equipment, we believe that collaboration facilitates innovation. And since we can never be experts in all areas, we identify the very best specialists in each industry across the globe for research collaboration projects to spark new ideas.

Concept vehicles

CENTAUR CONCEPT

Rewriting the rules for articulated haulers, this concept opens up the possibility of rapidly changing your application by uncoupling the front ‘tractor’ from the ‘trailer’.

Centaur Hauler concept
FENIX CONCEPT

This concept asphalt paver-compactor is fast, flexible and intelligent as well as clean, easy-to-use and environmentally friendly.

Fenix Paver-Compactor concept
GRYPHIN CONCEPT

Our extreme wheel loader concept model has been designed to emit almost no harmful emissions – and not just exhaust emissions, vibrations and noise will also be almost eradicated.

Gryphin Wheel Loader concept

SFINX CONCEPT

This concept model has been designed with hydrogen fuel cells that convert a fuel’s energy into usable electricity and heat – without combustion.

Sfinx Crawler Excavator concept
GAIAX CONCEPT

The fully electric, zero emission GaiaX is our vision for the compact excavator of the future.

GaiaX Compact Excavator concept
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