Volvo's new innovative electric trucks set to go on sale in Europe

<i>Image: Volvo Trucks</i>
<i>Image: Volvo Trucks</i>

Volvo Trucks will begin the sales of its Volvo FL and Volvo FE electric trucks in selected markets within Europe.

Sales will start in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands. Volvo also says the start of production is planned for March 2020.

There are a number of benefits to be had with the absence of exhaust emissions and reduced noise levels among the noteworthy reasons. In addition, it also helps to improve transport logistics and reduce congestion during peak hours.

The automaker claims that the Volvo FL Electric and FE Electric trucks have been developed for distribution, refuse handling, and other urban transport applications. The FL Electric has capacity for a GVW (gross vehicle weight) of 16 tonnes, while the GVW of the Volvo FE Electric is 27 tonnes, claims the firm.

Electro mobility

"Global urbanization requires urban logistics and truck transport with zero emissions and less noise with increasing urgency. With the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric we are able to meet both the strong environmental demands as well as the high commercial requirements of our customers," says Jonas Odermalm, VP Product Line Electromobility.

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"Volvo Trucks’ solutions will be based on individual business needs that consider a number of parameters, such as driving cycles, load capacity and route analysis, to use the battery capacity in the most efficient way possible," continues Jonas Odermalm.

Following driver involvement and feedback, they were impressed by how responsive quiet the trucks are.

"While customer feedback has been positive, we do recognize that charging infrastructure is still under development in most cities and we are working alongside both public and private partners to agree on a long-term strategy for the expansion of charging infrastructure. But it’s clear that the pace of development of charging infrastructure needs to increase," says Odermalm.

"Electric vehicles, charged with electricity from renewable sources, are indeed a powerful step towards more sustainable city distribution.

"However, there will not be one singular energy source that addresses climate change and all other environmental issues. Different types of transport require different types of driveline solutions," concludes Odermalm.

Compiled by Robin Classen

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