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Volvo introduces its first electric truck

Volvo FL Electric

The new commercial battery-powered FL Electric model will hit Europe in 2019

Volvo has unveiled its battery-powered FL Electric truck. With a range of up to 300km, it’s equipped with between 2-6 li-ion batteries, offering a total capacity of 100-300 kWh. The recharging time is 1-2 hours for DC charging and up to 10 hours night charge for AC charging with the maximum 300 kWh battery

The 16-tonne GVW FL is powered by a 185-kW electric motor with a max continuous output of 130 kW. Maximum torque from the motor is 425 Nm.

Leveraging much of its expertise from manufacturing hybrid and electric buses, Volvo says the electric powertrain means it is ideal for use in indoor terminals, environmental zones and during the night, allowing for a better distribution of daily traffic burden with less noise and no emissions.

The first two Volvo FL Electric models will be operated by refuse collection and recycling company Renova and haulage firm TGM, and are now beginning regular operations with customers in Gothenburg. Sales and series production will begin in 2019.

“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.

Volvo FL Electric
Volvo FL Electric

Source: Volvo Trucks

 

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