More than 67 per cent of Australians live in a capital city, which brings unique challenges to the transport task.
One of the biggest challenges is how to deliver goods and services safely, efficiently and with the least impact to the environment.
According to Volvo Trucks Australia Vice President Tony O’Connell, Volvo is attempting to meet this challenge with the launch of the Volvo FE Low Entry Cab (LEC).
“Providing excellent ergonomics for the driver as well as superior all-round visibility, the low vantage point of the FE LEC also helps keep vulnerable road users and pedestrians safe,” Mr O’Connell said.
“The Volvo FE LEC is literally a walk up start for applications where the driver leaves the cab multiple times during a shift.”
Mr O’Connell said the lower step minimises the chance of a driver tripping or missing a step when entering or exiting the vehicle.
“A versatile cab configuration means that the FE LEC can be specified with up to four seats and flat cross cab access, or a more traditional two seat layout with an internal instep,” Mr O’Connell said.
“This new truck has class leading driver visibility and improved driver ergonomics, and most importantly, the FE LEC features Volvo Trucks world-class safety and technological innovations, including emergency braking as standard.”
Mr O’Connell said the flexible platform targets the waste sector, however its low profile also makes it useful for multi-drop urban distribution.
“Volvo Trucks has placed urban emissions high on the agenda, and the FE LEC utilises a Euro 6 compliant eight-litre up to 350hp diesel engine to deliver clean, frugal power to the road,” Mr O’Connell said.
“This truck is also equipped with Volvo’s class leading I-Shift automated transmission or a traditional automatic 6-speed with torque converter.”