Volvo Trucks has introduced a new specification for its Volvo Action Service (VAS) van fleet, designed to maximise payload capacity and help support its evolving powertrain portfolio.

Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East is the launch customer, placing an order for 14 Renault Master 3.5-tonne vans, fitted out by Bott and scheduled to be rolled out across its network by the end of August. Volvo said the new spec was heavily focused on weight reduction to allow VAS technicians to carry more tools, fluids and spare parts.

The changes include the introduction of both a lighter electric compressor and a capacitor booster, while the vehicle’s racking system is now made of aluminium instead of steel. A lithium power supply system, chargeable through roof-mounted solar panels, has replaced heavier mains-charged battery packs.
As the new specification is fully interchangeable this also allows the new specification to be used in fully electric vans without negatively impacting driving range or performance.

“Technology has advanced substantially since we last revised our VAS build specification,” said Brent Norton, Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland national technical manager. "While our current fleet already does a sterling job, with our new design we were eager to guarantee that the revised fleet can support us for many years to come.

“The final product will ensure all VAS technicians can tackle practically any and every issue they may be presented with promptly and efficiently, regardless of Volvo model, powertrain or age, ensuring minimal disruption to our customers should they need our services.”