In 2007 Volvo CE decided to adopt a radical approach with the introduction of hydraulic suspension with automatic levelling and stability control on all wheels. This ‘Full Suspension’ variant provided excellent off road performance, allowing the hauler to travel at much higher speeds and increasing productivity. Even when fully loaded, the E Series haulers’ ability to ‘float’ over rough ground without bouncing and rolling improved operator comfort and safety. These benefits increase with the length of haul road, effectively absorbing all rough spots and allowing operators to maintain considerably higher average speeds – with or without a load. A hauler traveling at 55 km/h over rough haul roads was now possible, with minimal bouncing rolling or shaking.
2010 heralded the arrival of the F-Series, haulers that not only met the demanding standards set by the Tier 4i (US) and Stage IIIB (Europe) emissions legislation, but also featured a package of improvements in functionality, design, and maintenance. The F-Series also saw the fitment of CareTrack as standard, Volvo’s telematics system that enables remote monitoring of a wide range of machine functions (e.g. location, fuel consumption, service reminders etc.), optimizing customer operations.
Volvo Construction Equipment’s articulated haulers took another confident step forward in 2014, with the launch of the G-Series, which not only met the stringent Stage IV/Tier 4 Final emissions regulations, but also offered new features designed to improve comfort and productivity. The proven concept of oil-cooled wet multiple-disc brakes on the A35 and A40 models was also introduced on the A25G and A30G, reducing maintenance costs and increasing uptime, even on muddy or dusty job sites.
The larger models in the range were also offered with Volvo’s award-winning onboard weighing system, which allows for precise machine productivity monitoring, helping to optimize payload and minimize wear, tire damage and fuel consumption. The system monitors weight, relaying information to load software integrated into the machine’s electronics. Indicator lights tell the hauler operator, as well as the operator of the loading unit, whether the hauler is at part or nominal load or whether it has been overloaded.
The H Series, launched in 2016, is the culmination of 50 years of trusted Volvo engineering and innovation. Responding to a growing demand among customers for articulated haulers with larger payloads, the H-Series also welcomes the 60 ton (55-tonne) capacity Volvo A60H to the range – the largest articulated hauler of any brand to hit the market.
The Volvo A60H’s higher payload – a 40% increase on Volvo’s previous largest hauler the A40 – significantly lowers the cost-per-tonne ratio for hauler customers. The new size also offers a viable alternative to rigid dump trucks and construction trucks operating on soft, uneven or steep roads, allowing a similar amount of material to be hauled in a shorter cycle time. Good stability, comfort and high hauling speeds are ensured by the H-Series, thanks to matched drivetrain, automatic drive combinations (including 100% differential locks), all-terrain bogie, hydro-mechanical steering and active suspension.