Volvo Concept Lab is a joint visionary communication platform for the Volvo Group and the Volvo Product Brand. Through Volvo Concept Lab, we showcase cutting-edge ideas and innovative concepts that meet our customers’ future needs and accelerate the transition to a sustainable future.
The HX1 autonomous, battery electric, load carrier is the first-generation prototype, which served as proof of concept for the updated, second-generation prototype, HX2. In 2016, Volvo CE celebrated HX1’s success in the Swedish Quality Innovation award.
The HX2 autonomous, battery-electric load carrier prototype incorporates shared technologies and components from the Volvo Group. The HX2 also has a completely new drivetrain and a vision system that detects humans or obstacles in the machine’s vicinity.
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. Tested in the real-world green waste composting site and a waste transfer site in California in 2017.
The LX2, the electric compact wheel loader, is a second-generation prototype. The combustion engine has been replaced with a lithium ion battery - it delivers zero emissions, significantly lower noise levels, improved efficiency and reduced operational costs, compared to its conventional counterparts.
The EX1 is a 70-ton dual-powered, cable-connected excavator
Although it’s operated in exactly the same way as a conventional Volvo excavator, it is much more environmentally friendly – in fact, when it’s plugged into the grid, it emits no carbon whatsoever.