2010 Volvo FE Hybrid Truck - Click for gallery
One of the big contributors to rising food prices over the past year has been the cost of getting food from the field to the grocer. Truck drivers across Europe and especially in the UK have been protesting increasing fuel costs for months. The U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with the Swedish government and one of the largest manufacturers of heavy trucks - the Volvo group - to find ways to reduce the fuel consumption of those trucks. The two governments and Volvo have already previously
Every single major automaker is investing heavily in an attempt to meet the demand of emerging markets such as Eastern Europe and China. The industry has termed this group of developing nations the "BRIC's", which stands for Brazil, Russia, India and China. These markets are currently smaller than other major markets, but they won't be staying that way for long. Obviously, the giants in the automotive industry would like to step in and stake their claim before anybody else does.
Hot on the heals of the announcement that Wal-Mart is researching dual-mode, diesel-electric drivetrains in its massive truck fleet is the news that Volvo Group has proven its I-SAM hybrid truck technology. Volvo Group, in partnership with the US Air Force has shown that its I-SAM (Integrated Starter Alternator Motor) technology can deliver fuel savings of up to 35 percent, depending on application and driving conditions in heavy-duty applications.
There are so many toxins and emissions produced when building a car or truck that making manufacturing plants cleaner can go a long way in greening up an automaker's image. You can see by the list of related stories linked to below that this is a fact not lost on the auto companies. Good on 'em.