Since the end of last year, the LX01 prototype electric hybrid wheel loader has performed hundreds of hours of real work in two applications for Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) customer Waste Management. Testing began at the Redwood Landfill and Recycling Center, a green waste site in California. Both fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission tests were conducted at the facility and, although the data is still being analyzed, the results so far show an average improvement of 50% in fuel efficiency, equating to a reduction of 35% in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The second test site was the Moreno Valley Transfer Station, a waste transfer site in the southern part of the state. Here, the LX01 achieved an average fuel efficiency improvement of around 45%.
Volvo CE organized the press event alongside Waste Management, CALSTART, which conducted emission tests on the machine, and the California Energy Commission, which helped fund the LX01 project. At this stage, the LX01 is part of a development project and it is not commercially available.
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