Electric Volvo Trucks Become A Reality As First Customer Deliveries Begin

Volvo Trucks has just delivered its first all-electric models to select customers in Sweden, sending a refuse truck to waste and recycling company Renova, plus a distribution truck to a logistics company and partner haulier TGM.

As of right now, this is just a small sample size, as series production for Volvo’s FL Electric and FE Electric trucks will commence in the second half of the year. European markets will be the first to welcome these zero-emission haulers on the road.

“Our close collaboration with drivers and customers has enabled us to develop, in a short space of time, electrified transport solutions that meet high requirements in terms of performance, driving distances, cargo handling and vehicle use,” stated Volvo Trucks president, Roger Alm.

Drivers who will go on to operate these trucks have already had a chance to test drive them prior to delivery, as part of their operational training. “The drivers were particularly impressed with the responsive driveline, delivering fast and seamless acceleration, and the low noise level,” added Alm, who also looks forward to Volvo reducing the “environmental and climate impact” of their diesel and gas-powered trucks.

In the end, the lack of engine noise and exhaust emissions should offer better working conditions for drivers, to go with the obvious benefits for the environment.

As for how capable the two all-electric trucks are, the FL Electric has a GVW (gross vehicle weight) capacity of 16 tonnes (17 U.S. tons), while the more powerful FE Electric can haul 27 tonnes (29 U.S. tons).

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  • mihsf

    Volvo and Renault are going to quickly take over the electric lorry market. They are the first with an interesting electric lorry produced in significant numbers.

    • Momogg

      Yes!

  • eb110americana

    I am curious what kind of range these have, and how long one takes to charge.

    • Mr. EP9

      I’m guessing nowhere near enough for long hauls. Probably operate primarily in the city which would make sense for a dump truck or for deliveries.

    • MuhammadSameh

      The FL is powered by an electric motor producing 185 kW (248 hp) and 425 Nm (313 lb-ft) of torque. That’s backed up by between two and six lithium-ion batteries (depending on requirements). They can supply between 100 and 300 kWh for a range of up to 300 kilometers (186 miles). The truck can quick-charge in 1-2 hours via DC power, or charge up via AC power in 10 hours overnight.

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