Hot on the wheels of Volvo Trucks announcing they are accelerating their “climate friendly programme” they have delivered its first all-electric vehicles – a refuse truck to the waste and recycling company Renova and a distribution truck to the logistics company DB Schenker and its partner haulier TGM, operating in Sweden.
Let’s not forget these are NOT full production models but what Volvo describes as “pre-series” which have been developed in collaboration with selected customers but don’t worry full production is just around the corner in the second half of this year for both the FL Electric and its more powerful sibling, the Volvo FE Electric.
“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, President Volvo Trucks.
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,” states Roger Alm.
Roger Alm continues, “We will continue to develop our electrified offering, but 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.”