Elec­tric Volvo

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VOLVO HAS LAUNCHED its first all-elec­tric truck for com­mer­cial use in Europe, with first sales and se­ries pro­duc­tion of the new model to start in 2019.

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

The trucks will have be­tween two and six lithium-ion bat­ter­ies with up to 300kWh ca­pac­ity and able to be fully charged in 1-2 hours through DC charg­ing, or left to charge for up to 10 hours overnight through AC charg­ing.

Volvo Trucks Aus­tralia vice pres­i­dent Mitch Pe­den says the emis­sion-free ve­hi­cles are ad­di­tion­ally suit­able for night work in noise-sen­si­tive ar­eas, as well as for use in en­vi­ron­men­tal zones and in in­door ter­mi­nals.

“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.

“As al­ways, in line with our core value of qual­ity, Volvo Trucks Aus­tralia will not bring any­thing to mar­ket with­out the ex­ten­sive val­i­da­tion and test­ing re­quired for the unique and chal­leng­ing con­di­tions of Aus­tralia and New Zealand.”

Head of strat­egy for the Volvo FL and FE Jonas Oder­malm says the com­pany is also work­ing with sup­pli­ers of charg­ing equip­ment to find the best way of meet­ing cus­tomer 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,” he says.

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