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Volvo Technology Award for More Energy-Efficient Wheel Loaders
The Volvo Technology Award for 2012 has gone to Björn Brattberg and Sven-Åke Carlsson of Volvo Construction Equipment for their work on OptiShift, a system that makes a wheel loader up to 15 percent more energy-efficient.
"I know the passion and enthusiasm all our engineers throughout the Group have for their work, and it is a great pleasure for me to be able to honour two of them for the development of OptiShift", said Olof Persson. To the customer, OptiShift offers an improvement of up to 15 percent in fuel economy while reducing wear and tear on the powertrain, delivering lower operating costs. Gear changing is also smoother, making the operator’s working environment more comfortable. Other advantages include faster acceleration, improved hill climbing and shorter operating cycle times. OptiShift was introduced as a standard feature on the company’s bigger models in 2011.
"In collaboration with their colleagues, the winners have made a pioneering breakthrough by applying high-quality engineering expertise. OptiShift will bring significant benefits to our customers while reducing the impact on our environment," said Persson.
For more information about OptiShift, please visit: http://bit.ly/GFKVcq
Instituted in 1988, the Volvo Technology Award will be presented this year for the 25th time. Its purpose is to recognise outstanding technological achievements by Volvo Group personnel, which help to raise the Group’s technological image and promote initiatives that will advance its technological expertise in the years ahead.
Article Date: 2012-04-08
Source: The Volvo Group
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