AddVolt is developing the WeTruck which is targeted to freight transport companies which have rigid body heavy and medium vehicles. These vehicles have a high fuel consumption, high CO2 emissions, high maintenance costs and high noise level regarding of body complementary systems usage.
The complementary system with the highest level of fuel consumption identified is the body refrigeration unit which equips most of the rigid body freight transport trucks. This unit is powered by a dedicated diesel engine. Regarding this, it is in refrigerated trucks that this solution has more impact.
The project’s solution comprises an electric portable kit capable of producing, recovering and storing electric energy. This energy is used to supply vehicle complementary systems and to help in vehicle traction when it is needed, enabling a saving in fuel. In the same line, it is verified a reduction in CO2 emissions and noise level, as well as, a reduction of about 30% in brake wear and also a decrease in costs associated with maintenance of the unit.
The incorporation of this solution in the vehicle is completely noninvasive without needing any structural vehicle modification.
This way, it is possible to incorporate the product in vehicles at any stage of its life cycle and not necessary in series production.
As referred, the initial target are the refrigeration trucks, but in a medium-term the goal of the company is to expand technology to other heavy vehicles, for instance, road passenger transport vehicles.
AddVolt’s ambition is to develop technology, products and services which contribute to the sustainability of road transport vehicles.