Volvo Announces its First Electric Truck for Commercial Use
【Summary】Volvo Trucks announced its first all-electric truck for commercial use—the Volvo FL Electric. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year.
Volvo Trucks announced its first all-electric truck for commercial use—the Volvo FL Electric. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year.
"We're immensely proud to present the first in a range of fully electrically-powered Volvo trucks ready for regular traffic. 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," says Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks.
The FL electric truck weighs 16 tons and is equipped with a 185 kW electric motor providing 313 ft lbs of torque. Energy storage comes from 2-6 lithium-ion batteries, totalling 100-300 kWh with a range of up to 186 miles. Recharging time empty to fully charged batteries on a fast charge takes 1-2 hours (DC charging), or 10 hours (AC charging) with maximum battery capacity of 300 kWh.
Volvo believes that electric trucks will contribute to better air quality and less noise in cities. In addition, electric trucks without any harmful 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 traffic on the roads during the day.
There is considerable market interest in electric trucks. Many potential customers are exploring the opportunities generated by the new electric technology and how it can impact their operations—mainly by providing significant fuel and maintenance savings.
Electric automaker Tesla announced its own electric truck late last year with a 500 mile range and companies eagerly placed orders for it.
Shipping giant United Parcel Service (UPS) placed the largest Semi order to date, reserving 125 of Tesla's electric trucks in December. Food and beverage company PepsiCo placed an order for 100 of Tesla's trucks.
Volvo Trucks works closely with several suppliers of EV charging equipment, so customer can easily charge the electric semis. 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.
While Volvo electric trucks are a new entrant for Volvo, the company has extensive experience in battery-powered vehicles. Sister company Volvo Buses has sold more than 4,000 electrified buses since 2010.
The first trucks in the Volvo FL Electric range are now entering regular operation with customers in Gothenburg, the home of Volvo Trucks.
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