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First all-electric Volvo Trucks in operation

Sweden-headed truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks, part of Volvo Group has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use – the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse collection operations. Sales and series production of the new model will 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," said Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks.

The new Volvo FL Electric is quiet and has no exhaust emissions enabling it to be used both when and where other vehicles are not allowed to drive, for instance, nighttime city centre deliveries (photo courtesy Volvo Trucks).

We’re immensely proud to present the first in a range of fully electrically-powered Volvo trucks ready for regular traffic. 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, said Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks.

With this introduction, Volvo Trucks takes the lead in solutions for electrified goods transport in cities. 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. Their low noise level creates opportunities for doing more work at night, thus reducing the burden on the roads during the day.

According to Volvo Trucks, there is considerable market interest in electric trucks. Many potential customers have questions about the opportunities generated by the new technology and how it can impact their operations.

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. The aim as always is to offer customers high uptime and productivity, said Jonas Odermalm, Head of Product Strategy Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks.

Backing the Volvo Trucks offer is the Volvo Group’s accumulated expertise in electrified transport solutions. Sister company Volvo Buses has sold more than 4 000 electrified buses since 2010. 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.

From experience, we know how important it is that cities, energy suppliers and vehicle manufacturers cooperate 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, explained Jonas Odermalm.

Volvo Trucks believes that it is essential to take a holistic view of electrification of the transport sector to handle the ongoing 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 the Drive Sustainability network, which has a special function that monitors this issue. The Volvo Group is also involved in various projects where batteries from heavy electric vehicles get a second lease of life, reused for energy storage. All the questions about the handling of batteries have not yet been solved, but we are working actively both within the Group and together with other actors to drive development and create the necessary solutions, said Odermalm.

The Off-Peak City Distribution project studied the effects of goods transport at night in central Stockholm. By avoiding peak hour traffic the trucks were able to do their jobs in one-third of the time compared to daytime operation. The first trucks in the Volvo FL Electric range are now entering regular operation with customers in Gothenburg, Sweden the home of Volvo Trucks.

The first two Volvo FL Electric trucks will be operated by refuse collection and recycling company Renova and haulage firm TGM. The Fully electrically-powered trucks will be used for distribution, refuse collection and other applications in urban conditions, GVW 16 tonnes.

About Volvo FL Electric

Driveline: 185 kW electric motor, max power/130 kW continuous output, two-speed transmission, propeller shaft, rear axle.

Max torque electric motor 425 Nm. Max torque rear axle 16 kNm.

Energy storage: 2-6 lithium-ion batteries, totalling 100-300 kWh.

 

Range: Up to 300 km.

Charging: AC charging via the mains grid (22 kW) or DC fast charge via CCS/Combo2 for up to 150 kW.

Recharging time: From empty to fully charged batteries: fast charge 1-2 hours (DC charging), night charge up to 10 hours (AC charging) with a maximum battery capacity of 300 kWh.

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