Volvo Trucks has unveiled the Volvo FL Electric, its first all-electric truck suitable for urban distribution and refuse operations.
“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,” Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks, said in a statement.
Taking into consideration the growing issue of air and noise pollution, the electric trucks have been designed to offer zero exhaust emission, thus making them compatible for indoor terminals and environmental zones.
Their low noise level also creates opportunities for doing more work at night, thus reducing the burden on the roads during the day.
“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,” said Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks.
Volvo Trucks’ new endeavour is backed by the Volvo Group’s accumulated expertise in electrified transport solutions. Sister company Volvo Buses has sold more than 4000 electrified buses since 2010.
The Volvo FL Electric’s propulsion and energy storage systems have been thoroughly tried and tested from the outset and is supported by Volvo Trucks’ far-reaching network for sales, service and parts supply.
The vehicle’s driveline is powered by a 185 kW electric motor with a max power of 130 kW continuous output, two speed transmission, a propeller shaft, and a rear axle. The electric motor churns out a max torque of 425 Nm, while the rear axle’s max torque has being quantified at around 16 kNm.
The truck’s energy storage features 2-6 lithium-ion batteries totalling 100-300 kWh. This gives it a range of up to 300 km.
Volvo FL Electric’s battery recharging time has also been peaked up: fast DC charging takes about 1-2 hours to go from empty to fully charged, while AC charging allows the same to happen overnight with up to 10 hours for a maximum battery capacity of 300 kWh.
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