VOLVO Construction Equipment’s Motherwell factory was the destination for the international launch of the new range of Volvo-branded rigid haulers.
The new four-model range, which is initially available in less regulated markets, comprises the 95-tonne R100E along with the 45-ton R45D, 60-ton R60D and 72-ton R70D.
The new haulers are made for surface mining and quarrying applications, with Volvo highlighting the range’s “durable design” to promote “high component protection and longer lifecycles”.
Volvo explained that customer input has been key to the development of the machines, which have undergone “extensive” field testing. One customer is South African-based Trollope Mining Services. “The Volvo R100E is an impressive design that offers a good balance between productivity, fuel efficiency, comfort, ease of maintenance and safety,” said Sagrys De Villiers, site manager at the Manungu Colliery. “We are sure that this truck will be a strong competitor in the rigid truck market in the future.”
The E-Series R100E is a completely new machine that Volvo said delivers “stability, a long service life, high profitability, durability and comfort”. Development of the D-Series R45D, R60D and R70D rigid haulers was based on the Terex Trucks TR-Series following an engineering review. Improvements have been described as including greater visibility and safety systems.
“The proven design of the Terex Trucks rigid haulers provided us with a strong DNA on which to develop Volvo CE’s innovative entry into this product line,” said Paul Douglas, Volvo CE’s vice president of rigid haulers and MD of Terex Trucks. “The R100E has been designed to meet customer demands for a rigid hauler that delivers high performance and productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and good operator comfort. It, along with the rest of the range, builds on Terex Trucks’ 84-year heritage and incorporates the customer feedback and market knowledge we have built-up over the years.”