From Volvo. . .and LEGO
By Gary S. Vasilash
When you think “construction equipment” the first thing that you don’t think of—and possibly not even the last thing—is LEGO.
We’re talking earth-moving gear here, not a cleverly constructed toy.
Yet according to Volvo Construction Equipment, its engineers and designers worked with those from LEGO Technic and developed the Volvo LX03.
The concept, a 5-ton wheel loader, is based on a toy, the 42081 LEGO Technic Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX.
According to Head of Product for LEGO Technic, Niels Henrik Horsted, Volvo and LEGO have collaborated on several models that became LEGO models, “But this is the first time we are making a real machine based on a model and not the other way around – and that is what makes this a truly unique project.”
The LX03 is autonomous and electric, It uses the same driveline as the Volvo L25 electric. It has a run time of up to eight hours.
According to Volvo, it is programmable so it can perform heavy, repetitive or dangerous tasks without humans being on site.
While it isn’t commercially available, it is certainly conceivable that the LX03—or something very much like it—will be in the not-too-distant future.
And we don’t mean on the shelf at Target.