This is where the loaders of the future are tested – covering finished vehicle prototypes as well as individual components in exhaustively monitored rigs in the large test lab. The prototypes are subjected to a range of scenarios either within the test lab – which has the space to reproduce most conditions in controlled circumstances – or out in the real world. The testing department for loaders keeps several hundred people busy, and is based in the test center, occupying thousands of square meters.
"We are constantly optimizing our range of nine loaders, and we are increasingly turning to field testing as a way of further refining them. Fuel consumption is receiving an awful lot of attention at the moment. We often evaluate driver behavior as a way of improving our vehicles and making them more fuel efficient," explains Lennart Skogh, test engineer and test driver for Volvo CE in Eskilstuna. He is one of the people organizing the toughest tests in which the vehicle prototypes are subjected to real-world conditions in places like quarries and gravel pits.