Volvo Trucks have launched a new, patented safety feature for electric trucks called Active Grip Control. The new technology significantly improves stability, acceleration and braking in slippery conditions.
Thanks to the fast response of the electric motors, the force generated between the wheels and the road can be controlled in an instant to proactively prevent wheel spin.
This feature improves acceleration in slippery conditions and tests performed with the Volvo FH Electric on a low friction surface with a loaded trailer showed 45 percent improvement at full acceleration.
Anna Wrige Berling, Volvo Trucks Traffic & Product Safety director, said: “The improvement when going up a slippery, gravel road is really impressive. I believe this will increase productivity, not least for our construction customers.”
If, and when, the truck starts to skid, multiple sensors allow the vehicle’s control system to react to the road surface conditions. It utilises the vehicle’s electric motors, along with other actuators, in an intelligent way to help the driver stay on the road.
The new feature is also designed to reduce the risk for jack-knifing and oversteering when driving unloaded.
Wrige Berling added: “With Active Grip Control we are giving our drivers further improved ability to traverse difficult roads and terrain, even during the most challenging of conditions. This is a unique function that Volvo Group has protected by patents.”
Improvements can also be seen when braking, as the function can be used for controlled regenerative braking without going into ABS. This increases efficiency, since more time is spent in regeneration, allowing for a smoother braking experience.
The Active Grip Control feature will be available on the heavy-duty Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX Electric trucks, that are used for regional haul and construction operations.