Premiere for Volvo Trucks’ First All-Electric Truck

Volvo Trucks recently introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use – the Volvo FL Electric. The first 2 units will be operated by refuse collection and recycling company Renova and haulage firm TGM.
The first trucks in the Volvo FL Electric range, with a GVW 16 t, are now entering regular operation with customers in Gothenburg, the home of Volvo Trucks. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year.

In another application, 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.

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.

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.

The driveline is composed of a 185 kW electric motor (max power)/130 kW (continuous output), a 2 speed transmission, a propeller shaft, and a rear axle. The energy is stored in 2 to 6 Li-ion batteries giving a range of up to 300 km. Charging the batteries can be done using AC or DC current.

Source: Volvo Trucks

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