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).