Volvo starts selling electric distribution trucks

Gothenberg, Sweden: Volvo Trucks is selling its FL and FE electric trucks in selected European markets.

Production is planned for March 2020. Initially trucks will be available in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands, with further markets – including the UK and Ireland – to follow later.

Electric trucks offer huge potential in urban areas with reduced noise and no exhaust emissions. The Volvo FL Electric is 16 tonnes gross while the FE Electric is 27 tonnes.

“Global urbanisation requires urban logistics and truck transport with zero emissions and less noise with increasing urgency. With the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric we are able to meet both the strong environmental demands as well as the high commercial requirements of our customers,” says Jonas Odermalm, vice president, electromobility.

The challenge with electric trucks has been maintaining payload and driving range. “Volvo Trucks solutions will be based on individual business needs that consider a number of parameters, such as driving cycles, load capacity and route analysis, to use the battery capacity in the most efficient way possible,” Odermalm says.

Volvo ‘s electric trucks were developed in collaboration with selected customers operating in Gothenburg, Sweden. Feedback has been very positive, and the drivers involved in the collaboration are particularly impressed by the responsive driveline, seamless acceleration and with how quiet the trucks are,” Volvo says.

“We do recognise that charging infrastructure is still under development in most cities and we are working alongside both public and private partners to agree on a long-term strategy for the expansion of charging infrastructure. But it’s clear that the pace of development of charging infrastructure needs to increase, Odermalm says.

Addressing climate change will require the availability of several driveline technologies. “Electric vehicles, charged with electricity from renewable sources, are indeed a powerful step towards more sustainable city distribution. However, there will not be one singular energy source that addresses climate change and all other environmental issues. Different types of transport require different types of driveline solutions,” he says.

Volvo Trucks starts selling FL and FE electric trucks in selected markets in Europe

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