Volvo has unveiled its first all-electric truck, complete with battery options ranging from 100kWh to 300kWh.
The FL Electric is based on Volvo Trucks's new FL platform, introduced last month. Although the 16-tonne architecture is suitable for a huge range of applications, the Electric is designed predominately for urban duties like deliveries and waste disposal.
Battery capacity will range from 100kWh to 300kWh, offering range up to 300km in its highest-capacity form. As you'd probably imagine, charge times will vary based on the battery, but Volvo Trucks says the 300kWh unit takes around two hours to replenish on a high-speed DC charger, or upwards of 10 hours on a regular AC connection.
Why go electric? Local emissions is one of the main reasons. Because it doesn't emit any fumes, the FE Electric can be driven around town without contributing to the poor air quality plaguing our cities. It can also be used at indoor terminals, and the lack of noise means it can be used at night in heavily populated regions.
"We're immensely proud to present the first in a range of fully electrically-powered Volvo trucks ready for regular traffic. 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," said Claes Nilsson, Volvo Trucks president.
The first FE Electric trucks will go into service in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the hands of a recycling company and a heavy-haulage firm.