Volvo is the latest truck maker to introduce a fully-electric distribution truck
Volvo Trucks is following the Daimler Fuso eCanter with its new Volvo FL Truck for urban logistics.
"We are immensely proud to present the first in a range of fully electric-powered Volvo trucks ready for regular traffic," said Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks. "With this model we are making it possible for cities aiming for sustainable urban development to benefit from the advantages of electrified truck transport."
Apart from absence of local pollution, the low noise output of e-trucks creates opportunities for night hours distribution, thus reducing congestion during day hours.
Volvo says that many customers have already expressed interest in the new FL model, which will be available in Europe within the next year. The company is working closely with several suppliers of charging equipment, to ensure high uptime and productivity.
"We will offer holistic solutions based on each customer’s individual needs regarding driving cycles, load capacity, range and other parameters," said Jonas Oldermalm head of product strategy at Volvo FL. "This includes route analysis, battery optimisation, servicing and financing."
The technique is backed by Volvo’s expertise in electrified buses, over 4000 of which have been sold since 2010.
To ensure that the raw materials (lithium) for the batteries are extracted in a responsible way, Volvo is works with the Drive Sustainable network.
The main technical specifications of the Volvo FL are: