New Volvo G-Series Wheel Loaders Re-Set The Standard

May 2011, Vol. 66 No. 5

Consisting of a new torque converter with Lock Up and free wheel stator, Optishift is a new system that integrates the Volvo patented Reverse-by-Braking (RBB) function – significantly reducing fuel consumption by up to 15 percent as well as increasing operator comfort and driveline durability. When changing from forward to reverse (or vice versa), RBB applies the standard service brake instead of the torque converter, bringing the machine to a halt and putting less stress on the converter and transmission. OptiShift can significantly reduce fuel consumption in operations such as load and carry as well as in short cycle loading. The driveline lock up, meanwhile, improves drive response, rimpull and incline performance and fuel efficiency. www.volvo.com