Volvo Trucks has launched the new FH Aero, featuring a longer and more aerodynamic cab with digital mirrors and a new top-power 780 bhp engine.
This means the FH16 Aero version is now the most powerful truck currently in series production, stealing back the crown from arch-rival Scania’s 770 bhp R- and S-series.
With improved aerodynamics and new technologies, such as Volvo’s Camera Monitoring System which replaces traditional exterior mirrors, the new FH Aero can reduce energy consumption and emissions by up to 5%, reckons Volvo.
“The new Volvo FH Aero is our most efficient truck ever as we continue to reduce CO2 from our entire product range,” said Roger Alm, president, Volvo Trucks.
“This is a Volvo truck at its best – a safe, beautifully designed and superior quality truck for tough long-haul tasks, designed for the success of our customers.”
The FH Electric will also be offered in the new Aero version, an energy-efficient addition to Volvo’s already wide range of electric trucks.
Regardless of which powertrain customers choose – electric, gas or diesel – Volvo said all variants of the new FH Aero will benefit from lower energy consumption, longer range and a superior level of safety and driving experience.
The new Aero truck models will be rolled out step-by-step to markets during 2024-2025 in four versions – the FH Aero, FH Aero Electric, FH Aero gas-powered and FH16 Aero.
The front of the Volvo FH Aero cab has been extended by 24 cm versus the regular FH. This extension has been instrumental in creating a more aerodynamic truck cab, the manufacturer said.
Better aerodynamics give lower fuel consumption and provides better driving stability in windy conditions.
The improved aerodynamics also benefits the FH Aero Electric model through better free-rolling properties. This allows increased energy regeneration for feeding back into the battery while braking or going downhill, ready for use when needed in the next acceleration or uphill climb.
The modern new face of the FH Aero features a bold, big and easily recognisable Volvo Iron Mark – the largest in modern times on a Volvo truck – as well as the Volvo Spread Word Mark.
Volvo said its new advanced Camera Monitoring System contributes greatly to both aerodynamics and safety, opening the visual field for the driver and improving safety for the driver and surrounding road users.
Perhaps heeding feedback given to some other digital camera mirror systems on the market, Volvo claims its new camera system “has a positive impact on the driver’s visibility in rainy and dark conditions, but also in direct sunlight and when driving in tunnels.”
When driving with a trailer, the camera system has an auto-panning function which follows the turning trailer.
Further highlights, features and benefits of the new Volvo FH Aero include:
- Volvo’s I-See technology has been refined to save energy and carbon emissions, using a cloud-based topographic map to optimise driving and enable more driving time in cruise control mode that can both save energy and give more relaxed driving.
- Updated brakes with Volvo’s patented drag-free brake discs improve the braking capacity, while reducing energy consumption and emissions.
- Upgraded user-friendly infotainment system that can be personalised depending on individual needs.
- Improved sound system, available with six premium high-quality speakers, a new power amplifier and a subwoofer adding massive power to the sound experience.
- A new built-in navigation system will be offered with improved maps adapted to truck-specific needs, with automatic map updates enabling efficient delivery of goods.
- Interior updates also include an integrated microwave oven and USB-C power outlets.
- Volvo Trucks’ My Business Apps offering has been introduced to more markets. This is a subscription-based service that enables customers to download business-related apps from different providers, and use them in the trucks’ side display, bringing real benefits to the uptime and everyday use of the truck.
- The new Tyre Monitoring Service gives fleet operators a complete view of the truck and trailer through Volvo Connect, reducing the risk of costs and disturbances related to tyre issues.
The Volvo FH will continue to be offered also with a standard non-extended cab, depending on operating requirements.
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