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Společnost Volvo Trucks chce méně nákladních vozidel v městských dopravních špičkách

V roce 2019 začne společnost Volvo Trucks v Evropě prodávat elektrická nákladní vozidla. První vozidla ale začnou u vybraných referenčních zákazníků jezdit už letos. Elektrická nákladní vozidla výrazně snižují hluk i emise a otevírají nové logistické příležitosti. Více přepravních zakázek lze totiž uskutečnit v nočních hodinách, takže v denních špičkách se nebude o prostor na silnici přetlačovat tolik vozidel.

„Elektromobilita je plně v souladu s dlouhodobými závazky, které si společnosti Volvo Trucks stanovila pro oblasti udržitelného rozvoje měst a nulových emisí,“ uvádí Claes Nilsson, prezident společnosti Volvo Trucks.

 

„Pokud pro přepravu zboží v městských oblastech využijeme elektricky poháněná a tišší vozidla, splníme tím několik cílů najednou. Vozidla, která neobtěžují hlukem ani výfukovými plyny, bude možné provozovat i ve vyhrazených oblastech městských center. Přepravu také bude možné realizovat v době menší dopravní zátěže, například pozdě večer nebo v noci. To uleví komunikacím od denních dopravních špiček a silniční síť i vozidla bude možné využívat mnohem efektivněji než nyní,“ pokračuje Claes Nilsson.

Město Stockholm se nedávno ve spolupráci s Královským technologickým institutem KTH podílelo na projektu s názvem „Off Peak City Distribution“ (Rozvážka mimo špičku) zaměřeného na výzkum dopadů noční rozvážky zboží v centrální části Stockholmu. Jelikož se vozidla vyhnula dopravní špičce, podařilo se přepravní zakázky realizovat za jednu třetinu doby, která je běžně k rozvážce potřeba.

Pokud se má zlepšit kvalita života v městském prostředí, je zapotřebí začít využívat udržitelnější řešení dopravy. Díky dobře rozvinuté logistice a efektivnějšímu využití komunikací ve večerních i nočních hodinách bude také možné nahradit velký počet malých vozidel menším počtem vozidel větších. Tím se úroveň emisí i intenzita dopravy ještě sníží. Rozvážkové vozidlo uveze více než desetkrát více než běžná dodávka. Podaří-li se větší část přepravních zakázek realizovat v době, kdy se po silnicích pohybuje méně lidí, výrazně klesne i nebezpečí dopravních nehod.

„Naše technologie a znalosti v oblasti elektromobility vycházejí z již prověřených komerčních řešení z oblasti elektrických autobusů značky Volvo. Opíráme se též o řešení, která společnost Volvo použila u hybridních nákladních vozidel už v roce 2010. Vozidla samotná jsou však jen jedním aspektem velkoplošné elektrifikace dopravy. Dlouhodobá udržitelnost přepravy je složitou otázkou, která vyžaduje zaujmout komplexní přístup se širokou škálou různých opatření. Úzce spolupracujeme se zákazníky, s městy, s dodavateli dobíjecí infrastruktury a s dalšími důležitými investory. Cílem je vytvořit síť, která je k provozu elektrických nákladních vozidel nezbytná,“ popisuje Jonas Odermalm, vedoucí strategie produktů – segment středně těžkých vozidel společnosti Volvo Trucks.

„Jsme přesvědčeni, že prvním krokem má být kompletní elektrifikace městské rozvážky. S elektrifikací však počítáme i v dalších segmentech odvětví přepravy. Tohle je pouze začátek,“ uzavírá Claes Nilsson.

Základní informace

Podle Světové zdravotnické organizace a OSN bude ve městech v roce 2030 žít až 60 procent celosvětové populace, tj. zhruba 5 miliard lidí. V porovnání se současnou situací se jedná o nárůst o více než 1 miliardu lidí. Svižné tempo urbanizace klade obrovské nároky na systémy přepravy. Ty však v mnoha případech nevyhovují už ani stávajícím potřebám. Pokud se jedná o EU, odhaduje se, že dopravní zácpy a související dopravní komplikace stojí přibližně 100 miliard euro ročně.

 

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Swedish engine plant is Volvo Cars’ first climate-neutral manufacturing site

Volvo Cars’ engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, has become the company’s first climate-neutral manufacturing plant, having switched to renewable heating as of 1 January 2018.

Skövde is the first plant in Volvo Cars’ global manufacturing network to reach this status, which marks a significant step towards the company’s vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing operations by 2025. Skövde also becomes one of only a few climate-neutral automotive plants in Europe. 

“Improving energy efficiency is our first priority and then, for the energy we need to use, we aim for supplies generated from renewable sources,” said Javier Varela, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Logistics at Volvo Cars. “The Skövde plant achievement is an important addition to our broader efforts in minimising our environmental footprint. We are pleased to be a leader within the automotive industry in the move towards climate-neutral manufacturing.”

A new agreement between Volvo Cars and the local provider ensures that all heating supplied to the Skövde plant is generated from waste incineration, biomass and recycled bio-fuels. Since 2008, along with the company’s other European plants, its Skövde site’s electricity supply already comes from renewable sources.

“This is a proud moment both for the Skövde plant and for Volvo Cars,” said Stuart Templar, Director for Sustainability. “Environmental care is one of our core values. Along with our plan to electrify all new Volvo cars launched from 2019, climate-neutral manufacturing operations will significantly reduce our overall carbon footprint, supporting global efforts to tackle climate change.”

Volvo Cars is constantly looking at innovative ways to move towards its 2025 vision. For example, in 2016, the production plant in Ghent, Belgium, introduced a district heating system that reduced carbon emissions by 40 per cent, saving 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

“We will continue to work actively with our energy suppliers in all regions to secure further access to renewable energy for our manufacturing plants,” said Javier Varela.

complexRE assisting Scandinavian companies who seeks suppliers from CEE

On 19.12.2017 owner of Danish bath design and production studio Copenhagen Bath (www.copenhagenbath.dk) Mr. Morten Thomsen visited Czech Republic for inspection of last delivery of Malmö and Bergen cabinets which are produced in 2 Czech factories. ComplexRE teamed up with architect Mr. Lukáš Bílek - partner in ABM architekti (www.abmarch.cz) for technical support and production facility selection.

"Outstanding quality and technical support in pre-production phase led to result that on Bergen cabinets we had zero complaints which is very unique on competitive Scandinavian furniture market": said Morten Thomsen.

Copenhagen Bath is our very important client and based also on this reference we are providing supplies to other companies in Scandinavia. See more updates in future.

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Volvo XC60 is 2017’s overall safest car in Euro NCAP testing

Volvo Cars’ XC60 has been crowned the best performing large off-roader, and the car with the best overall performance of 2017 in the prestigious Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards.

The XC60 scored a near-perfect 98 per cent in the Adult Occupant category and in its Large Off-Road class, showed a clear advantage in Safety Assist with a score of 95 per cent – 20 percentage points higher than the nearest Large Off-Road competitor – underlining Volvo Cars’ position as a leader in automotive safety.

“The new XC60 is one of the safest Volvo cars ever made,” said Malin Ekholm, Vice President, Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “It is fully loaded with new technology designed to assist drivers, to help protect vehicle occupants and other road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, plus mitigate collision risks. We are proud that our ongoing commitment to innovating new safety features has been recognised with another Euro NCAP Best in Class award for Volvo Cars.”

The Euro NCAP award for the XC60 follows in the tracks of Volvo Cars’ XC90, which in 2015 was also named the best performing large off-roader, and the car with the best overall performance that year. Volvo Cars’ V40 is another previous Euro NCAP winner, in the Small Family class.

“Our vision is that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car,” said Malin Ekholm. “The achievements of the XC60 are examples of our commitment to developing the latest safety and support systems as we strive towards that vision.”

The XC60 also joins the S90 and V90 in making history for Volvo Cars as the first manufacturer to hold all top three car rankings in Euro NCAP’s Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) tests – AEB City, AEB Inter-Urban and AEB Pedestrian. The three Volvo cars are the only cars to have achieved perfect scores in all three AEB categories.

The S90 and V90 also scored highly at the Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class awards, achieving 95 per cent in the Adult Occupant category and 93 per cent in the Safety Assist category.

The Euro NCAP award follows the XC60 being named Japan’s 2017-18 Car of the Year. The XC60 also won the UK’s 2017 Car Tech Awards for Best Safest Car, Best Safety Technology and Best Sat-Nav; and was crowned Luxury SUV of the Year in the UK’s Professional Driver 2017 Car of the Year awards. The XC60 has also been named as one of three finalists for the 2018 North American Utility of the Year award, the winner of which will be announced on 15 January 2018.

Euro NCAP awards

Each year, Euro NCAP publishes a ‘Best in Class’ to indicate which vehicles have performed better than their competitors launched in the same calendar year, using a weighted sum of scores for accurate comparison in each class, across four areas of assessment: adult occupant, child occupant, pedestrian and safety assist. 

Volvo Cars reports record sales in 2017

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, reports record sales in 2017, as global sales rose 7.0 per cent compared to 2016 to 571,577 cars, driven by growth in all regions.

Sales of the new XC60 and the 90-series cars were the main drivers, highlighting the effect of Volvo Cars’ in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture, a modular vehicle architecture, in terms of design, technology and brand.

In the Asia Pacific region, sales grew by a strong 20.9 per cent on the back of a record performance in China, Volvo’s largest market, where sales increased 25.8 per cent compared with 2016. Meanwhile sales in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region grew by 3.3 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016, while the Americas region grew by 0.7 per cent.

2017 was an important year for Volvo Cars in many ways. The new XC60, which replaced the company’s best-selling model and the best-selling mid-sized SUV in Europe, premiered at the Geneva Auto Show in March.

Volvo Cars also announced that it would place electrification at the core of its future business and stated that every car it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, marking the end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine.

In a further commitment to electrification, Volvo also launched Polestar, a new stand-alone electrified car brand fully consolidated within the Volvo Car Group.

During the course of the year, Volvo Cars also deepened its partnership with Geely Holding via the creation of a joint venture technology company to provide the economies of scale that will allow them to more rapidly develop next generation electrified vehicle technology. Volvo also and announced it would take a 30 per cent stake in Geely’s new LYNK & CO car brand, based on the two entities’ joint Compact Modular Architecture.

September saw the introduction of the XC40, Volvo’s first offering in the fast growing small SUV segment. Volvo also invented a new model of car access with its ‘Care by Volvo’ subscription service, making having a car as transparent, easy and hassle free as having a phone. A concept introduced with the new XC40.

Volvo Cars continued construction on a new manufacturing plant in South Carolina, its first in the United States, and it was announced that the plant would, in addition to the upcoming S60 mid-sized sedan, build the next generation XC90 from 2021. This takes Volvo Cars’ total investment in its US manufacturing operations to over USD 1.1 billion and will raise the total of new jobs created at the Charleston site to nearly 4,000.

Late in the year, Volvo Cars opened up an entirely new market as it signed a framework agreement with Uber to sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base cars to the ride-hailing company between 2019 and 2021.

 

CTP has significantly strengthened its team and its position on Hungarian market.

Rudolf Nemes will be joining CTP as Country Manager in Hungary, effective on January 8th, 2018. New Senior Business Developer in Hungary became István Pozderka, effective on January 1st, 2018.  Primary task of new team will be accelerate business growth and to strengthen the Hungarian platform in order to create the foundation of a sustainable future expansion.

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