Volvo Trucks delivered its first all-electric vehicles Tuesday – a refuse truck to waste and recycling company Renova, and a distribution truck to the logistics company DB Schenker and partner hauler TGM, operating in Sweden.
The Volvo FL Electric trucks are part of a pre-series developed in collaboration with selected customers. Series production of the Volvo FL Electric and its sibling, the Volvo FE Electric, is expected to commence with a limited number of European models later this year.
“Our close collaboration with drivers and customers has enabled us 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,” says Volvo Trucks President Roger Alm.
The drivers who will operate the electric trucks have had the opportunity to test-drive them prior to delivery, as part of the operator training, and Alm says the drivers were particularly impressed with the responsive driveline, the truck’s “fast and seamless acceleration, and the low noise level.”
The Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric trucks are developed for distribution, refuse handling and other urban transport applications. The Volvo FL Electric has capacity for a gross vehicle weight of 17-plus tons, while the Volvo FE Electric has capacity for a GVW of 30 tons.