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Volvo Penta to showcase current and future technology at bauma

Volvo Penta’s purpose-built electric driveline will take centre stage at bauma. (Image source: Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta will use its presence at bauma to focus on the role of its market-leading diesel engines in the construction and mining industries, as well as the company’s transformation into new sustainable technologies

Showcasing its plans to provide future sustainable power solutions to meet the industry’s net-zero ambitions, the company’s display will provide an overview of how its current portfolio of ultra-efficient D5 to D16 diesel engines has resulted in technological advances and market share gains that support its transformation journey.

At the centre of the company’s booth will be the electric driveline which recently entered production in Rosenbauer’s RT and RTX fire trucks, was originally unveiled in 2019 as a proof of concept in a modified terminal tractor, highlighting the versatility and configurability of Volvo Penta’s electric solutions. This is the latest innovation msupporting Volvo Penta’s Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reach net-zero value chain emissions by 2040.

“We take a system supplier approach which means that we can create a flexible, bespoke electric driveline solution for a specific vehicle and application,” explained Morgan Blomgren, director strategy & business development. “We are very experienced in a variety of different segments, so by using that knowledge and combining it with the Volvo Group’s proven electromobility experience, we can build the best modular platform for our customer’s applications. With that as a base, we can optimise the design and adapt the complete electric driveline system for a specific vehicle, considering the exact application, usage, climate and environment it will operate in.”

In addition to leveraging an array of proven technologies and expertise from across the Volvo Group, the innovative driveline solution would not have been possible without the firm foundation provided by Volvo Penta’s more mature power solutions.

A popular choice in a wide range of machinery from crushers and screeners to underground mining trucks, its Stage V-compliant diesel engines and gensets have been fully optimised to meet customer needs in terms of productivity, uptime and TCO. Passive regeneration of the aftertreatment system has been maximised, for example, eliminating unplanned stops during operation, while fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 5% over the Stage IV models.

As one of Volvo Penta’s most popular engines for mining and construction applications, the new D16 received the 2021 Engine of the Year award. This was largely in recognition of its increased output (796 hp / 585 kW) which was achieved at the same time as an up to 10% reduction in fuel consumption. By incorporating water-cooled charged air, its dual-stage turbo delivers high performance right across the operational range, enabling maximum torque to be produced at both low and high engine speeds.

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