Volvo, Holcim to test autonomous EV hauler

Wednesday, 03. November 2021 10:20

Volvo Autonomous Solutions and Holcim Limited announced in a press release on Wednesday that they will jointly test and develop autonomous electric haulers at Holcim's Gabenchopf limestone quarry in Switzerland, set to be "the world's first commercially available CE-certified electric, autonomous transport solution for the quarry and cement industries."

"This project show-cases a sustainable transport solution that is commercially viable and combines the technology shifts of connectivity, automation and electrification ... Through a strong partnership with Holcim Switzerland this will happen in a real environment driven by two committed companies dedicated to jointly presenting the future," said Nils Jaeger, President of Volvo Autonomous Solutions.

The statement describes the testing as a "groundbreaking step in the industry," with the battery-electric haulers not only quieter and more sustainable than conventional haulers but also safer.

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