Volvo Launches Rigid Hauler Range

Machines consist of the 45-ton R45D, 60-ton R60D, 72-ton R70D and the flagship 95-tonne R100E

Volvo CE President Melker Jernberg (right) with Volvo CE Vice President of Rigid Haulers Paul Douglas
Volvo CE President Melker Jernberg (right) with Volvo CE Vice President of Rigid Haulers Paul Douglas

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) officially launched a new line of rigid hual trucks – which consist of the 45-ton R45D, 60-ton R60D, 72-ton R70D and the flagship 95-tonne R100E. The star of the show was the R100E, a completely new rigid hauler that combines proven components, new technologies and a striking new design – all providing a cost-effective and productive solution to fulfil the needs of today’s mining and quarrying customers.

The four-model range is initially available in less regulated markets.With a focus on helping customers achieve production targets faster – and using less fuel in the process, Volvo’s new rigid haulers are made for surface mining and quarrying applications where operational costs and safe operations are critical.

Uptime and productivity are centered on the range’s durable design that promotes high component protection and longer lifecycles. The Volvo haulers boast a competitive power-to-weight ratio, effective gearing and weight distribution that gives the tractive effort to allow the machines to traverse steep slopes in total control.

The machines have undergone extensive field testing. One customer is Trollope Mining Services, a contract mining company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. “The Volvo R100E is an impressive design that offers a good balance between productivity, fuel efficiency, comfort, ease of maintenance and safety,” says 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 R100E is capable of carrying an extra bucket pass compared to other 100t trucks being used on the site,” agrees Workshop Manager Danie van Niekerk. “This means extra productivity for the mine, which is very valuable. Speed and acceleration of the hauler on inclines compares favorably against competitor machines, even when fully loaded and carrying more material.”

With its high capacity and hauling speeds, new V-shaped body, efficient hydraulics, intelligent monitoring systems and operator environment, Volvo CE demonstrated how the E-Series R100E will help customers in the mining and quarrying segments move more material in less time. Moreover, the R100E is also quick and simple to operate and maintain.

Based on the well-proven Terex Trucks TR-Series, development of the D-Series R45D, R60D and R70D Volvo rigid haulers follows an in-depth engineering review, ensuring that the machines meet the standards expected from Volvo products in their target markets and segments. Improvements include greater visibility and safety systems, along with Volvo technical support and branding.

“We’ve been working on the new range since Volvo CE acquired Terex Trucks in 2014," says Thomas Bitter, Senior Vice President of the Marketing and Product Portfolio (MaPP) function at Volvo CE. "The development of these machines has relied heavily on the longstanding rigid hauler expertise of Terex Trucks as well as customer input and the technological strength of the Volvo Group.”

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