Volvo premieres all-electric truck for commercial use

Sales and series production of the Volvo FL Electric model will start in Europe next year

Volvo FL Electric truck.
Volvo FL Electric truck.

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Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck, the Volvo FL Electric, for commercial use, particularly urban distribution and refuse operations.

Features of the FL Electric include GVW of 16 tonnes, 185-kW electric motor, max power of 130kW continuous output, two speed transmission, propeller shaft, rear axle, max torque electric motor 425Nm, and max torque rear axle 16kNm.

Energy storage is enabled through 2-6 lithium-ion batteries totalling 100–300 kWh and providing range up to 300km. The truck supports AC charging via the mains grid (22kW) or DC fast charge via CCS/Combo2 for up to 150kW. Recharging time from empty to fully charged batteries is 1-2 hours fast charge (DC charging) and up to 10 hours night charge (AC charging) with maximum battery capacity of 300 kWh.

Claes Nilsson, president Volvo Trucks, said: "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. 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." 

Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. The first trucks in the Volvo FL Electric range are now entering regular operation with customers in Gothenburg, the home of Volvo Trucks.

The first two Volvo FL Electric trucks will be operated by refuse collection and recycling company Renova and haulage firm TGM.

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