Volvo Ready To Take On Cities With New Electric Truck

Volvo Ready To Take On Cities With New Electric Truck

The FL Electric, as it is named, is intended for short-range urban use, with waste management posited as an industry for which the truck may find use.

Volvo Trucks Australia vice president Mitch Peden says the emission-free vehicles are also suitable for night work in noise sensitive areas, as well as for use in environmental zones and in indoor terminals. The new Volvo FL Electric is designed for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. The FL's electric motor produces 248 peak horsepower or 175 continuous horsepower, and maximum torque is rated at 313 lb-ft.

Volvo believes that electric trucks will contribute to better air quality and less noise in cities. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year.

The company says the first two FL Electric trucks are entering regular operation in Gothenburg, Sweden, operated by refuse collection and recycling company Renova and haulage firm TGM.


"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".

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

"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", Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy for Volvo FL and Volvo FE, said in a statement. It will be able to fast charge in one to two hours via DC or overnight with AC. "The aim, as always, is to offer customers high uptime and productivity". Volvo Trucks works closely with several suppliers of charging equipment. Volvo Buses has been operating since 2010 and has sold over 4,000 electric buses.

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