All-electric heavy-duty truck from Volvo

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Volvo has developed its first all-electric, heavy-duty trucks.

The FL Electric and FE Electric are designed for refuse transport operations with gross weights of up to 27 metric tons.

Claes Nilsson, president Volvo Trucks, said, “With the introduction of the Volvo FE Electric we have a comprehensive range of electrically powered trucks for city operations and are taking yet another strategic step forward in the development of our total offer in electrified transport solutions. This opens the door to new forms of cooperation with cities that want to improve air quality, reduce traffic noise, and cut congestion during peak hours, as commercial operations can be carried out quietly and without tale-pipe exhaust emissions, early in the morning or late at night.”

The low-noise, low-vibration vehicles have the option of a low-entry cab for easier access, while battery capacity can be optimized to suit individual needs, and charging takes place either via the mains or via charging stations.

Prof. Dr Rüdiger Siechau, CEO of Stadtreinigung Hamburg, sees large potential for environmental benefits with electric trucks in the city. He said, “Today, each of our 300 conventional refuse vehicles emits approximately 31.3 kg carbon dioxide every year. An electrically powered refuse truck with battery that stands a full shift of eight to 10 hours is a breakthrough in technology. Another benefit is the fact that Stadtreinigung Hamburg generates climate-neutral electricity that can be used to charge the batteries.”

Sales of the vehicles will begin in Europe next year.

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