Series production of a limited number of FL electric trucks, as well as heavier FE electric trucks, for the European market is slated to begin in the second half of the year, by no other than Volvo Trucks, whose North American units include Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks North America, which is a unit of Gothenburg, Sweden-based Volvo Group.
The company delivered it’s first all-electric vehicles to two companies operating in Sweden. A refuse truck went to waste and recycling company Renova, and a distribution truck to logistics company DB Schenker and partner hauler TGM.
What makes this trucks completely all-the-rage is the absence of motor noise and exhaust emissions in test drives, which is seen as a contributing factor to better working conditions for the drivers and a quieter, cleaner urban environment.
Transport solutions that meet the highest of standards
Volvo Trucks President Roger Alm said in a release Feb. 19, that their close collaboration with drivers and customers has enabled them to develop, in a short space of time, electrified transport solutions that meet high requirements in terms of performance, driving distances, cargo handling and vehicle use.
The Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE electric trucks are developed for urban transport applications including distribution and refuse handling. The Volvo FL electric has a gross vehicle weight of 35,274 pounds, while the Volvo FE electric has capacity for a GVW of 59,524 pounds.
At the same time, according to Alm, Volvo Trucks is “steadily reducing the environmental and climate impact of our diesel and gas powered trucks, primarily through energy-efficient drivelines”, which makes them cost efficient, as well as environmentally.