The Centaur is swift, flexible, strong and intelligent. And while recognizably a Volvo, Centaur radically redraws the traditional hauler profile. With its ultra-compact front unit, arched back and super-sized wheels, there is no doubt that this is a strong, fast moving animal.
The design opens up the possibility to rapidly change work application by uncoupling the front ‘tractor’ from the ‘trailer’ – allowing you to easily switch from a hauler to a pipe or log carrier and then a liquid container.
Protected by an all-round laser proximity scanner, the machine is always aware of people and objects in its immediate vicinity. This device is coupled with a proactive protection system that both tries to avoid collision and absorbs the forces of impact should one occur.
The Centaur moves almost silently thanks to its ultra-efficient electric hybrid drive system, which is further helped by regenerative braking systems and solar panels to power auxiliary controls. Hydraulics are minimized and where they do exist, they are filled with water not oil. The Centaur uses its electrical generator to power independent motors inside each wheel – allowing the wheels to move freely over rough surfaces.