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Watch this: Xploring 3Zeros 10X – Volvo CE presents innovative technology initiatives in conjunction with Ocean Race stopover

Volvo CE held technology presentations in conjunction with the Newport stopover of the 2017–2018 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, May 17–20, 2018. The Volvo Ocean Race is a gruelling international competition in which sailing teams compete in a race around the world over the course of nine months.

The technology program, this year titled Xploring 3Zeros 10X, focused on Volvo CE's technology initiatives driving towards zero accidents, zero unplanned downtime and zero emissions while achieving 10 times the efficiency on the jobsite.

In opening remarks to press, Stephen Roy, President, Sales Region Americas, Volvo CE, said "It is our mission and our focus not only to support our customers, but also to focus on supporting a better place to live. Quality, safety and caring for the environment are core values which we have been talking about in the Volvo Group for a long time. It really drives everything we do." 

The company presented four technology stations to dealers, customers and media featuring project managers and engineers from Volvo as well as customers partnered on various research initiatives for the Volvo Concept Lab. Topics included the use of remotely operated wheel loaders in underground mining applications, simplifying telematics for customers with ActiveCare Direct, prototype hybrid and electric equipment, and preparations for testing prototype electric and autonomous equipment in a working quarry in Sweden.

In the video above, Uwe Muller, Chief Project Manager for Advanced Engineering, Volvo CE, and Andreas Sunesson, Project Manager, Skanska, present a simplified model of the quarry site project. The hybrid wheel loader and electric excavator are run by operators, while the HX site dumpers are fully autonomous. Testing on the site in Sweden will run for at least ten weeks beginning in September. Volvo expects to achieve a 95 percent emissions reduction, with the only emissions coming from the diesel engine on the hybrid LX wheel loader.

Look for more coverage of Xploring 3 Zeros 10X in the July/August issue of Heavy Equipment Guide.

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