Romprest tests the first hybrid truck in Eastern Europe, for waste management activities
Romprest, in partnership with Volvo and the District 1 City Hall, tests for the first time, both in Romania and Eastern Europe, the first hybrid truck technology - Volvo FE, dedicated to waste management services. Romprest wants to purchase, in the next period, several hybrid devices for current activities in Bucharest.
Volvo FE hybrid truck uses 30% less fuel, it is environmentally friendly, CO ₂ emissions are 30% lower and produces up to 50% less noise compared to a conventional diesel truck. Volvo FE will be used by Romprest both in waste management and street cleaning activities like - watering, spraying and mechanical sweeping.
“Waste management is a challenging field, where, in an effort to protect the environment, numerous innovations shall be made. We are very happy that together with our partners, Volvo and The District 1 City Hall, we bring for the first time in Romania and Eastern Europe, a hybrid truck dedicated to waste management activities. Volvo FE is tested in Bucharest to see its benefits, both for the population, by noise reduction and for the environment. After the trial period we will decide if we make the planned investment in purchasing more hybrid trucks, an investment estimated at around 3 million Euros”, says Marin Necula, Romprest CEO.
“Public health is essential for The District 1 City Hall! Therefore, in recent years we have developed a coherent strategy for environmental protection and elimination or limitation of the pollution sources in this administrative area. The extensive greening up program of District 1, the most modern waste selective collection center in the country, testing one of the most economical and less polluting waste management equipment on the market are some of the components of the strategy by which we aim to increase the quality of life for District 1 residents”, said Andrew Chiliman, Mayor of District 1.
Volvo FE is a parallel hybrid. The energy from the diesel engine and the electric motor can be used together or independently of each other. The system switches automatically between the two power sources. If the hybrid truck is driven in the first gear, the vehicle is powered solely by its electric motor. Later, when the vehicle accelerates, the diesel engine and the electric motor will work in parallel to optimize fuel consumption.
Depending on the duty cycle, Volvo FE Hybrid may reduce the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 20%. In addition, by using an electric compactor for waste collection trucks, the percentage may increase up to 30%.
The hybrid truck is powered by a 7-liter diesel engine, the latest generation, available in two versions of power, 300 hp and a torque of 1,160 Nm and respectively 340 hp and a torque of 1,300 Nm. The diesel engine works in tandem with an electric motor of 120 kw. Volvo FE is equipped with an automatic system of changing gear -Volvo I-Shift. The electric motor receives power from the last generation lithium-ion batteries.
“One of the core values of the Volvo Group is the care for the environment and over the years we have developed many alternative fuel solutions for commercial vehicles. Volvo FE Hybrid aroused great interest in Europe and I am very proud that we can offer this product to our customers in Romania. We test this equipment together with our traditional partner, Romprest, a company that shares the same interest in environmentally friendly solutions”, says Sigurd Wandel, Volvo Romania CEO.
Romprest has been working for over 10 years with Volvo, acquiring in this period over 250 equipments and accessories, investing over 50 million Euros. Romprest is currently the largest Eastern European Volvo customer for equipment with major environmental impact.
Romprest provides integrated facility management services, landscape architectural services, DDD (Deratization, Disinfection, Disinsection) and waste management services. With a team of over 6,000 employees, as a group, Romprest is one of the leading operators in the field. The company serves over 48 local councils and over 5,000 businesses in Bucharest and in the country.
Volvo's hybrid technology
In 1985 the Volvo Group started developing the hybrid technology. And in 1995 it was presented the first concept of green truck (ECT-Environmental Concept Truck) powered by a gas turbine and an electric motor. In 2009 -2010 the first trucks were tested in the waste management field and distribution in UK, France and the Netherlands. Since 2011 it has begun the series production for the Volvo FE Hybrid.
Compania Romprest Service S.A. caută colaboratori care dispun de utilaje de deszăpezire în vederea închirierii pentru perioada de iarnă 2017-2018.
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