Volvo launches all-electric truck

Volvo Trucks has launched an all-electric truck for urban distribution

Göteborg, Sweden: Volvo Trucks has launched an all-electric truck for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications.

The first trucks in the Volvo FL Electric range are in service with two operators in Gothenburg. Sales and series production start in Europe next year.

“With this model we are making it possible for cities that aim for sustainable urban development to benefit from the advantages of electrified truck transports,” says Claes Nilsson, president Volvo Trucks.

“With better air quality and less noise in the city, it is possible to plan for housing and infrastructure more freely than at present. An electric truck without any exhaust emissions can be used in indoor terminals and environmental zones. In addition, their low noise levels create opportunities for operation at night, thus reducing the burden on the roads during the day.

There is considerable market interest in electric trucks with many potential customers having questions about the opportunities generated by the new technology and how it can impact their operations, he says.

Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks says: “In order to make the transition secure and smooth, we will offer holistic solutions based on each customer’s individual needs regarding driving cycles, load capacity, uptime, range and other parameters. Such a solution may encompass everything from route analysis and battery optimisation to servicing and financing. Volvo Trucks works closely with several suppliers of charging equipment with the aim, as always, to offer customers high uptime and productivity,”

Backing the Volvo Trucks offer is the Volvo Group’s accumulated expertise in electrified transport solutions. For example, sister company, Volvo Bus, has already sold more than 4,000 hybrid or fully-electrified buses worldwide since 2010, with 2,000 in the UK alone. The technology used for propulsion and energy storage in the Volvo FL Electric has been thoroughly tried and tested from the outset and is supported by Volvo Trucks’ far-reaching network for sales, service and parts supply, the company says.

“From experience we know how important it is that cities, energy suppliers and vehicle manufacturers co-operate in order for large-scale electrification to become a reality. With attractive incentives, agreed standards and a long-term strategy for urban planning and expansion of the charging infrastructure, the process can go much faster,” Odermalm says.

Volvo Trucks believes it is essential to take a holistic view of electrification of the transport sector to handle the on-going challenges in areas such as electricity generation and batteries. “For instance, in order to ensure that raw materials for the batteries are extracted in a responsible way, the Volvo Group works with Drive Sustainably, a partnership between 10 leading automotive companies, which has a special function that monitors this issue,”  Odermalm says.

“The Volvo Group is also involved in various projects where batteries from heavy electric vehicles get a second lease of life and reused for energy storage. All the questions about handling of batteries have not yet been solved, but we are working actively both within the Group and together with other stakeholders to drive development and create the necessary solutions.”

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