Just three weeks after the unveiling of Volvo’s first all-electric truck, the Volvo FL Electric, the company is expanding its range with the FE Electric. Designed for heavier city distribution and refuse transport operations with gross weights of up to 27 tonnes, sales will commence in Europe in 2019.
Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks says: “With the introduction of the FE Electric we have a comprehensive range of electric trucks for city operations. This opens the door to new forms of co-operation 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.”
The first FE Electric, a refuse truck with Faun body, will start operating in early 2019 in Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg.
The new Volvo FE Electric will be offered in several variants including the low-entry cab, which makes it easier to enter and exit the cab and gives the driver a commanding view of surrounding traffic. The working environment improves too as a result of the low noise level and vibration-free operation. Battery capacity can be optimised to suit individual needs and charging takes place either via the mains or via quick-charge stations.