Volvo will begin selling electric trucks in Europe from 2019.
The first FE Electric truck has been supplied to Stadtreinigung Hamburg, the city’s largest waste service provider. The truck has been developed in partnership with Europe’s leading refuse collection bodybuilder, Faun, and will start operating in Hamburg, Germany in early 2019.
Prof Dr Rüdiger Siechau, CEO of Stadtreinigung Hamburg, said, “Each of our 300 conventional refuse vehicles emits approximately 31,300kg of carbon dioxide every year. An electrically powered refuse truck, with battery that stands a full shift of eight to ten hours, is a breakthrough in technology. Moreover, Stadtreinigung Hamburg generates climate-neutral electricity that can be used to charge the batteries.”
Claes Nilsson, president, Volvo Trucks, said: “The Volvo FE Electric opens the door to new forms of cooperation with cities that target to improve air quality, reduce traffic noise, and cut congestion during peak hours since commercial operations can instead be carried out quietly and without tale-pipe exhaust emissions early in the morning or late at night.”
“With this model we are making it possible for cities that aim for sustainable urban development to benefit from the advantages of electrified truck transports. An electric truck without any exhaust emissions can be used in indoor terminals and environmental zones. Their low noise level creates opportunities for doing more work at night, thus reducing the burden on the roads during the day,” said Nilsson.
Two Volvo FL Electric trucks have already been put into trial in Sweden. One is being used in a refuse operation, with recycling company Renova, while the second is working for haulage firm TGM.
When the trucks go on sale in 2019, the FE will be available in a range of specifications, to suit refuse, temperature-controlled and regular distribution tasks, a report said.