Elec­tric trucks hit road in 2019

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JUST three weeks af­ter the un­veil­ing of Volvo Trucks’ first all-elec­tric truck, the Volvo FL Elec­tric, the com­pany is ex­pand­ing its prod­uct range with yet an­other elec­tric truck.

The Volvo FE Elec­tric is de­signed for heav­ier city dis­tri­bu­tion and refuse trans­port op­er­a­tions with gross weights of up to 27 tonnes. Sales start in Europe in 2019.

“With the in­tro­duc­tion of the Volvo FE Elec­tric we have a com­pre­hen­sive range of elec­tri­cally pow­ered trucks for city op­er­a­tions and are tak­ing yet an­other strate­gic step for­ward in the de­vel­op­ment of our to­tal offer in elec­tri­fied trans­port so­lu­tions,” Volvo Trucks pres­i­dent Claes Nils­son said.

“This opens the door to new forms of co-op­er­a­tion with cities that tar­get to im­prove air qual­ity, re­duce traf­fic noise, and cut con­ges­tion dur­ing peak hours since com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions can in­stead be car­ried out qui­etly and with­out tale-pipe ex­haust emis­sions early in the morn­ing or late at night.”

The first Volvo FE Elec­tric, a refuse truck with a su­per­struc­ture de­vel­oped to­gether with Europe’s largest truck body­builder, Faun, will start op­er­at­ing in early 2019 in Ham­burg, Ger­many.

Stadtreini­gung Ham­burg CEO Prof Dr Rüdi­ger Siechau saw a large po­ten­tial for en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits with elec­tric trucks in the city.

“To­day, each of our 300 con­ven­tional refuse ve­hi­cles emits ap­prox­i­mately 31,300kg in car­bon diox­ide every year,” Dr Siechau said.

“An elec­tri­cally pow­ered refuse truck with bat­tery that stands a full shift of 8-10 hours is a break­through in tech­nol­ogy. An­other ben­e­fit is the fact that Stadtreini­gung Ham­burg gen­er­ates cli­mate-neu­tral elec­tric­ity that can be used to charge the bat­ter­ies.”

The new Volvo FE Elec­tric will be of­fered in sev­eral vari­ants for dif­fer­ent types of trans­port as­sign­ment.

The work­ing en­vi­ron­ment im­proves too as a re­sult of the low noise level and vi­bra­tion-free op­er­a­tion.

Bat­tery ca­pac­ity can be op­ti­mised to suit in­di­vid­ual needs, and charg­ing takes place ei­ther via the mains or via quick-charge sta­tions.

“Our so­lu­tions for elec­tri­fied trans­port are de­signed to suit the spe­cific needs of each cus­tomer and each city,” Volvo’s head of prod­uct strat­egy Jonas Oder­malm said.

“In ad­di­tion to the ve­hi­cles, we will offer ev­ery­thing from route anal­y­sis to ser­vices and fi­nanc­ing via our net­work of deal­ers and work­shops through­out Europe. We also have close part­ner­ships with sup­pli­ers of charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture.”

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VOLVO’S ELEC­TRIC TRUCK: Sales will start in Europe in 2019.

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