After just having launched their first electric truck ever, Volvo Trucks presents the FE Electric. Their second model is designed for heavier city distribution and to serve as refuse truck with gross weights of up to 27t. Sales will kick-off in Europe next year.
There were no more than three weeks between the launch of Volvo’s FL Electric and the latest FE Electric truck. While both models are made for city operations mainly, the latest model has been developed together with Europe’s leading refuse collection bodybuilder, Faun, that signs responsible for the trucks superstructure.
When compared with their first model, the FE Electric has two electric motors with 370 kW max power or 260 kW cont. power, making the truck almost twice as strong as the FL Electric.
The FE Electric will start operating in early 2019 in Hamburg, a city that is a longstanding partner for Volvo. Says Jonas Odermalm, Product Line VP for the electric Volvo Trucks: “Hamburg, which in 2011 was named European Green Capital of the EU, has worked long and successfully on a broad front to enhance green and sustainable urban development. This applies not least in the transport sector, where electrified buses from Volvo are already being used in the public transport network. The experiences and ambitions from this venture make Hamburg a highly interesting partner for us.”
The new Volvo FE Electric will be offered in several variants for different types of transport assignment. Battery capacity ranges from 200 – 300 kWh and can be adapted. Range is given at 200 km while charging takes place either via the mains or via quick-charge stations. The latter can be supplied through Volvo partners.
Says Odermalm: “In addition to the vehicles, we will offer everything from route analysis to services and financing via our network of dealers and workshops throughout Europe. We also have close partnerships with suppliers of charging infrastructure.”
On sale of the FE Electric from Volvo Trucks is set in 2019.