Harsco said its environmental division (HE) will serve as pilot customer for Volvo CE’s new autonomous battery-electric hauler. Based on the HX2 concept model, a fleet of four updated machines will begin the year-long pilot program in March 2020 at a HE site in Sweden, and will be tested in a repetitive transport application.
“We aim to raise the bar in what our machines can achieve for our customers, and this innovative commercial pilot represents the next phase of our journey into increased machine autonomy,” said Volvo CE President Melker Jernberg. “By working alongside valued customers like Harsco Environmental we are challenging our autonomous technology in demanding real-world applications. 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 industrializing this exciting future technology.”
According to the company, the machine is fully automated and uses technologies from Volvo like batteries and driveline systems.