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Volvo hybrid loading shovel ‘boosts fuel efficiency by 50%’

Volvo CE (Construction Equipment) has been busy testing its new LX1 prototype electric hybrid wheel loader. The firm claims that it has achieved a dramatic improvement in fuel efficiency, compared to its conventional counterparts.

The LX1 incorporates a driveline that consists of electric drive motors mounted at the wheels, electric-driven hydraulics, a battery energy storage system, a significantly smaller diesel engine and new machine architecture.