Volvo Trucks launches electric trucks sales for urban transport

Volvo Trucks has announced the start of sales of its Volvo FL and Volvo FE electric trucks in selected markets within Europe, which the company says helps to meet the increasing demand for sustainable transport solutions in cities.

With no exhaust emissions and reduced noise levels, electric trucks offer potential in urban areas, Volvo says. The reduced noise levels make it possible to carry out deliveries and refuse collection in early mornings, late evenings or at night, helping to improve transport logistics and reduce congestion during peak hours. And with better air quality and less noise, electric trucks create new opportunities for city planning and road infrastructure. An electric truck can, for example, be used in indoor loading areas and environmental zones.

“Global urbanization requires urban logistics and truck transport with zero emissions and less noise with increasing urgency,” said Jonas Odermalm, VP Product Line Electromobility. “With the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric we are able to meet both the strong environmental demands as well as the high commercial requirements of our customers.”

One challenge is to maximize the payload at the same time as optimizing the driving range.

“Volvo Trucks’ solutions will be based on individual business needs that consider a number of parameters, such as driving cycles, load capacity and route analysis, to use the battery capacity in the most efficient way possible,” said Odermalm.

Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric were developed in collaboration with selected customers in Gothenburg, Sweden.

“While customer feedback has been positive we do recognize that charging infrastructure is still under development in most cities and we are working alongside both public and private partners to agree on a long-term strategy for the expansion of charging infrastructure,” said Odermalm. “But it’s clear that the pace of development of charging infrastructure needs to increase.”

Addressing climate change will require the availability of several driveline technologies, he said.

“Electric vehicles, charged with electricity from renewable sources, are indeed a powerful step towards more sustainable city distribution,” Odermalm said. “However, there will not be one singular energy source that addresses climate change and all other environmental issues. Different types of transport require different types of driveline solutions.”

The Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric trucks have been developed for distribution, refuse handling and other urban transport applications. Sales will start in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands, and the start of serial production is planned for March 2020. The Volvo FL Electric has capacity for a GVW (gross vehicle weight) of 16 tonnes, while the GVW of the Volvo FE Electric is 27 tonnes.