Volvo Trucks is again innovating by launching a new patented safety feature for electric trucks called Active Grip Control. This new technology will significantly improve stability, acceleration and braking in slippery conditions.
This feature has gone through a period of testing conducted with the Volvo FH Electric on a low friction surface with a loaded trailer and demonstrated a 45% improvement at full acceleration.
“The improvement over the slippery and gravel roads is really impressive. I believe this will increase productivity, and our construction customers are no exception,” said Anna Wrige Berling, Director of Traffic & Product Safety at Volvo Trucks in a statement, Wednesday (26/1/2022).
“If the truck starts to skid, multiple sensors allow the vehicle's control system to react to road surface conditions and utilize the vehicle's electric motor, along with other actuators, in an intelligent way to help the driver stay on the road.
This new feature is also designed to reduce the risk of jack-knifing and oversteering when driving without a load.
“With Active Grip Control, we are giving our drivers greater ability to traverse difficult roads and terrain even during the most challenging conditions. This is a unique function protected by the Volvo Group with a patent,” explains Anna Wrige Berlin.
In addition, improvements are also seen during braking, as this function can be used for controlled regenerative braking without going into the ABS. This increases efficiency, as more time is spent regenerating, allowing for a smoother braking experience.
This Active Grip Control feature will be available on Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX Electric heavy-duty trucks, which are used for regional haulage and construction operations.