Getting petrol and diesel cars off the road and replacing them with electric will go a long way to solving pollution problems but if you can do the same with heavy-fuel-use trucks the results are even more impressive, and that’s what Volvo is banking on with their just announced cabless truck.
Yes, there’s no driver because the truck will be completely autonomous. Not good news for truckies but for the rest of us it should mean safer roads too, because machines don’t get exhausted and have accidents.
Vera – as the new truck is called – is both electric and autonomous and Volvo believes it’s the shape of things to come.
Early next year the company will unleash a 16-tonne all-electric truck and Vera is set to follow in its tyre tracks.
“Everything suggests that the global need for transportation will continue to significantly increase in the coming decade, Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks said.
“The full potential of the transport industry is yet to be seen, and if we are to meet this demand in a sustainable and efficient way, we must find new solutions.”
Tony Bosworth writes for www.TheDriven.io and RenewEconomy.com.au. He has 35 years experience in journalism, and has been instrumental in launching and editing several automotive magazines including Which Car? magazine in the UK.