April 12, 2018—Volvo Trucks now introduces its first all-electric truck for commercial use—the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. 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.
"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. Such a solution may encompass everything from route analysis and battery optimisation to servicing and financing. Volvo Trucks works closely with several suppliers of charging equipment. 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.
The range for these trucks will be up to 300 km, and the driveline includes a 185 kW electric motor. The first two Volvo FL Electric trucks will be operated by refuse collection and recycling company Renova and haulage firm TGM.