News Volvo Launches Electric Transport Truck

18:26  13 april  2018
18:26  13 april  2018 Source:   autotrader.ca

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JUST THREE weeks after unveiling Volvo ’s first all- electric truck , the Volvo FL Electric , ( Transport News: June issue) the manufacturer is expanding its product range with the Volvo FE Electric

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Volvo today introduced its FL Electric transport truck, the brand's first battery-powered commercial truck and one that the Swedish manufacturer says puts it in the lead "in solutions for electrified goods transport in cities."

In its press release, Volvo says it will begin sales and series production of the FL Electric next year, following a trial period underway that has put a handful of the trucks to work in the company's hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Should Volvo meet its 2019 on-sale target date, it would likely beat Mercedes-Benz to the punch: that German manufacturer is about to begin trials of its electric transports with a goal of selling the first production models "by 2021."

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Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks , said: “With the introduction of the Volvo FE Electric we have a comprehensive range of electrically powered trucks for city operations and are taking yet another strategic step forward in the development of our total offer in electrified transport solutions.

Nilsson says that Volvo Trucks meets several challenges simultaneously by launching electric trucks : “Without disturbing noise and exhaust gases, it will be possible to operate in more sensitive city centres. Transport may also take place throughout less busy periods

Whether Volvo is first depends on whether Tesla can meet a seemingly ambitious target of moving its electric transport rig into production next year. Tesla's Elon Musk is promising a truck that can go 800 km at highway speeds and rip to nearly 100 km/h in 20 seconds with a trailer loaded with more than 36,000 kg of cargo.

The FL Electric can be equipped with anywhere from two to six lithium-ion batteries good for as much as 300 kWh of juice, which Volvo says provides up to 300 km of driving range. Fully specified with a half-dozen battery packs and 300 kWh of capacity, charging time is one to two hours on a DC fast-charger, or as little as 10 hours when plugged into an AC power source.

Electricity is delivered to the wheels by an electric motor good for 248 hp and 313 lb-ft of torque, which works with a two-speed transmission.

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Volvo Trucks has entered the EV fray with its first full- electric commercial truck , the Volvo FL Electric . Volvo Trucks said the new model will help the company “take the lead in solutions for electrified goods transport in cities”.

After just having launched their first electric truck ever, Volvo Trucks presents the FE Electric . This applies not least in the transport sector, where electrified buses from Volvo are already being used in the public transport network.

Volvo says its electric trucks promise benefits beyond reducing fuel costs for its customers. The truck's low noise levels will allow more goods transport to happen at night, reducing road congestion during daytime hours. In what it called the Off-Peak City Distribution project, Volvo found that its trucks were able to do their work in a third of the time it took during daytime.

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