Volvo Trucks delivered its first all-electric vehicles this week — 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, will commence with a limited number of trucks for the European markets in the second half of 2019, the company says.
“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 Roger Alm, Volvo Trucks president.
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.
“The drivers were particularly impressed with the responsive driveline, delivering fast and seamless acceleration and the low noise level,” says Alm. “We will continue to develop our electrified offering. At the same time, we are steadily reducing the environmental and climate impact of our diesel- and gas- powered trucks, primarily through energy-efficient drivelines.”