Harsco to pilot Volvo autonomous hauler

Volvo's new battery-electric load carrier. Image: Harsco Corporation

Volvo Construction Equipment’s (Volvo CE) autonomous battery-electric hauler will be tested at a Harsco Corporation environmental division (HE) site ahead of public release.

A fleet of four haulers will begin a year-long pilot program in March next year at a HE site in Sweden. They will be tested in a repetitive transport application.

The hauler is based on the HX2 concept model. It is fully automated and uses Volvo’s proven technologies, such as batteries and driveline systems.

Harsco heralds the hauler as the “next groundbreaking step in Volvo CE’s innovation journey” despite it not being on the market yet.

“We are delighted to partner with Volvo CE on this pilot,” HE chief operating officer Russ Mitchell said.

“Our participation represents the fulfilment of the promise we make to every Harsco Environmental customer: that we will always seek solutions that are both innovative and environmentally responsible.”

Volvo CE president Melker Jernberg said the commercial pilot represented the next phase of the company’s journey into increased machine autonomy.

“By working alongside valued customers like Harsco Environmental, we are challenging our autonomous technology in demanding real-world applications,” Jernberg said.

“Getting advanced prototypes into the hands of customers early also allows us to incorporate their feedback in the pre-production phase. This commercial pilot is an important next step in in the process of industrialising this exciting future technology.”

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