Volvo Debuts Its First Electric Truck


"We're immensely proud to present the first in a range of fully electrically-powered Volvo trucks ready for regular traffic". It has 175 continuous horsepower, with 248 at its peak.

Since the new truck produces no odors, like its diesel competitors, and no noise, the FL is ideal for city duty, according to Volvo. The 16-ton delivery vehicle can be configured with different battery packs ranging from 100 to 300 kWh, enabling a driving range of up to 300 km (186 miles).

These trucks will make their debut in Europe; sales and series production will both start next year.

The truck can be used in indoor terminals and environmental zones.

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"An electric vehicle solution for a range of urban applications has been a global priority of Volvo Trucks, and we look forward to offering this cutting edge technology to operators in Australia and New Zealand in the future", Peden adds. Charging times are said to be 1-2 hours (DC charging) or 10 hours overnight (AC charging). Their low noise level creates opportunities for doing more work at night, thus reducing the burden on roads during the day. "The aim as always is to offer customers high uptime and productivity", says Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks.

The Volvo FL Electric will be aimed at urban distribution and refuse operations, the company said, with Swedish waste management company Renova and haulage firm TGM the first to operate the new models in Gothenburg, the home of Volvo Trucks.

Backing the Volvo Trucks offer is the Volvo Group's accumulated expertise in electrified transport solutions, the company said in a press release, noting that sister company Volvo Buses has sold more than 4000 electrified buses since 2010. Volvo Trucks works closely with several suppliers of charging equipment.