First Low-entry L series hybrid rolled out at Freight in The City

Low entry hybrid Scania

Scania debuted a hybrid L-series (below) – an L320 6x2 rear-steer chassis cab – which, according to head of pre-sales Phil Rootham, will improve fuel economy figures by between 10% and 15%. The truck’s DC09 diesel engine is supplemented by a 7.4kW lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. This powers an electric motor, which is situated between the diesel engine and Opticruise gearbox, allowing the truck to run on electricity alone for 10km. Like the other L-series on show, it had a factory-fitted passenger window, giving it a five-star TfL Direct Vision Safety rating.


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Volvo reveals Vera to UK crowds at Freight in The City

Vera at Freight in the City

One of the stars of the show was the Volvo Vera, a zero-emission level 4 autonomous tractor unit. Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland MD Robert Grozdanovski, explained that the cab-less truck, which has a top speed of 40kmph and a range of up to 300km, isn’t about to replace drivers. “It’s been designed to complement the industry, and not replace the current system,” he said.
Vera, which means ‘faith’ in Russian, will shortly enter trials with ferry operator DFDS in Gothenburg. Its journey from a logistics centre to the city’s APM Terminals port facility, will see it travelling on a public road.


Volvo Vera autonomu truck and electric FE show glimpse of future city distribution