US – WORLDWIDE – Volvo trucks, having recently unveiled a new natural gas-powered Volvo VNL daycab at the Mid-America Trucking Show have moved slightly away from the usual concentration of fuel efficiency for their range of freight haulers with another shot at the land speed record for hybrid road haulage vehicles. Mean Green, the world’s fastest hybrid truck, will attempt to reach speeds in excess of 260 km/h (165 mph) April 27 at Wendover Airfield in Utah to better its own world speed records.
The Volvo-built hybrid currently holds speed records in the standing 500 metre, standing kilometre and flying kilometre international speed standards. In the standing kilometre the truck starts from a standstill, spanning the 1,000-meter course in one direction and then the other. The average speed from the two runs is noted as the official figure. In the flying kilometre the truck is in motion prior to spanning the defined 1,000-meter course in each direction. Ron Huibers, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing commented:
“Technology and innovation are at the core of our business. Mean Green is a prime example of Volvo’s technical capabilities and our continued focus on emerging technologies. Our engineers developed the world’s fastest hybrid truck utilizing the same Volvo hybrid drive system powering hundreds of Volvo buses throughout the world, including London’s double-decker buses.”
In building the Mean Green, which was revealed by Volvo Trucks today at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Volvo’s team of hybrid technology experts adapted Volvo’s hybrid driveline to the chassis requirements of a world-class truck built for speed. Engineers then outfitted Mean Green with a highly tuned Volvo D16 engine and a modified version of Volvo’s automated I-Shift gearbox, which interacts with the hybrid’s electric motor. Boije Ovebrink, Mean Green’s owner and driver says:
“The result is a lightning-speed boost from start-off without any of the customary diesel-engine delay. It's like a champagne cork, but without the sound effects. For the first couple of seconds the truck just makes a slight whistle until the diesel engine, which runs on renewable liquid rosin diesel, starts delivering with explosive force.”
During its North American tour, Mean Green will also visit Truck World, April 19 to 21, in Toronto, and the Volvo Ocean Race, May 17 to 20, in Miami. Watch Mean Green race a Ferrari HERE.