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Volvo Announces its First Electric Truck for Commercial Use

Volvo Announces its First Electric Truck for Commercial Use

Volvo Trucks Australia vice president Mitch Peden says the emission-free vehicles are also suitable for night work in noise sensitive areas, as well as for use in environmental zones and in indoor terminals.

Since the new truck produces no odors, like its diesel competitors, and no noise, the FL is ideal for city duty, according to Volvo.

The company did not discuss options for a similar truck in North America, where it is the parent company of Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks.

The first trucks in the Volvo FL Electric range are now entering regular operation with customers in Gothenburg, the home of Volvo Trucks.

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A 185kW electric motor delivers 130kW continuous output, via a two-speed transmission. Max torque rear axle 16 kNm.

The trucks will have between two and six lithium-ion batteries with up to 300kWh capacity and able to be fully charged in 1-2 hours through DC charging, or left to charge for up to 10 hours overnight through AC charging.

It offers up to 300km (185 miles) on a single charge, with recharging possible either via AC mains or DC fast charging. "The aim as always is to offer customers high uptime and productivity", says Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks. Volvo Buses has been operating since 2010 and has sold over 4,000 electric buses.

Volvo Trucks works closely with several suppliers of EV charging equipment, so customer can easily charge the electric semis. Volvo said that the technology used for propulsion and energy storage in the Volvo FL Electric has been thoroughly tried and tested from the outset and is supported by Volvo Trucks' network for sales, service and parts supply. "Such a solution may encompass everything from route analysis and battery optimization to servicing and financing".


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