Volvo´s new series FH12/FH16 arrived in year 2002, an eagerly awaited successor to the old series. With comfort and technology in absolute world class the truck has quickly become common on Swedish roads. As you would expect you can get the truck with al advanced technique you can think of, stability control, airbag, adaptive cruise control, electronically controlled disc brakes, navigator and more. As option there also is a system for automated start in hills, this can be a bit tricky otherwise with a fully loaded vehicle which can way up to 100 tons, for special transport 170 tons. However the legislation in Sweden limits the weight for a fully loaded vehicle to 60 tons.
At the year 2004 the model range was extended with the powerful 16-litre diesel engine at 610 hp, with a torque at 2800 Nm between 900-1500 rpm. Besides powering the truck forward, the engine can also be used as a powerful engine break, for example in steep downhills, and can then develop a breaking power well over 500 hp.
The large cab, Globetrotter XL, offers a fabulous working environment for the driver. The inner height to the ceiling is 2.10m, consequently the same height as an normal apartment. With an interior in leather, electrically controlled driver seat, automated climate control and of cause a great sound system with eight speakers and a cd changer the ride is comfortable. When the night falls it is time to take care of some paperwork at the office that consists of two armchairs and a table. Then these are folded away to make room for the two full sized beds. And naturally a fire detector is standard, for a safe sleep.
The system with swap bodies is becoming more common. It is based on the principle that the superstructure, a container, platform or similar, easily can be unhooked. This render it possible to store the cargo without unloading it into a warehouse. The containers can be loaded to a boat for instance, and then be picked up by a similar truck at the other side of the globe. The system can also be used to increase flexibility and reduce costs, because the same truck can be used with different superstructures, depending on what task need to be taken care of today. After an adjustment of the Swedish regulations to European standard the maximum length of a vehicle now is 25.25 meters, the old limit was 24 meters.