February 20, 2019 11:45 AM, EST

Volvo’s First Electric Trucks Put to Work

VolvoThe Volvo FL Electric. (Volvo Trucks)

Volvo Trucks delivered its first all-electric vehicles to two companies operating in Sweden.

A refuse truck went to waste and recycling company Renova, and a distribution truck to logistics company DB Schenker and partner hauler TGM.

Series production of a limited number of FL electric trucks, as well as heavier FE electric trucks, for the European market is slated to begin in the second half of the year.

The absence of motor noise and exhaust emissions in test drives is seen as contributing to better working conditions for the drivers and a quieter, cleaner urban environment.

The Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE electric trucks are developed for urban transport applications including distribution and refuse handling. The Volvo FL electric has a gross vehicle weight of 35,274 pounds, while the Volvo FE electric has capacity for a GVW of 59,524 pounds.

“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,” Volvo Trucks President Roger Alm said in a release Feb. 19.

At the same time, Volvo Trucks is “steadily reducing the environmental and climate impact of our diesel- and gas-powered trucks, primarily through energy-efficient drivelines,” Alm said.

Volvo Trucks, whose North American units include Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks North America, is a unit of Gothenburg, Sweden-based Volvo Group. — Transport Topics