AUS freight company orders 36 Volvo FL electric trucks
The Australian express freight company Team Global Express has ordered 36 electric trucks from Volvo Trucks. This is the largest Volvo electric truck order from Australia to date.
The 36 battery-electric Volvo FLs are scheduled to hit Sydney’s roads in the first quarter of 2023. The FL Electric is a mid-sized truck designed for urban delivery or municipal services such as waste management. This perfectly fits the Australian customer’s requirement, as Team Global Express wants vehicles with a payload of 5.5 tonnes as part of its collection and delivery fleet.
The electric trucks on order each have an output of 185 kW maximum or 130 kW continuous power. The variant ordered by Team Global Express, is a 16-tonne electric vehicle equipped with four battery packs of 66 kWh, making a total of 264 kWh. This is an upgraded version of the battery: at the start of sales in 2019, customers could choose between two and six lithium-ion battery packs of 50 kWh each, but each pack now comes with 16 kWh more.
The charging performance is also said to have been improved, but the details have not been revealed in the company’s announcement of the Australian order. The previous rate of DC fast charging was up to 150 kW at CCS charging points.
“It’s clear that more and more transport companies around the world now want to start the journey towards electric, zero-emission transports,” said Martin Merrick, president of Volvo Group Australia. “Volvo is first out with heavy electric trucks in Australia, and we are excited to work together with Team Global Express and other customers. We have the broadest electric truck lineup in the industry, which makes it possible to electrify city and regional transport already today.”
With its 16-tonne gross vehicle weight, the FL Electric is one of Volvo’s lighter electric trucks. In addition to the FL Electric, the 27-tonne FE Electric was also launched in 2019. Since this September, Volvo has also been mass-producing the heavy-duty FH Electric, FM Electric and FMX Electric electric trucks, which can operate at a total weight of 44 tonnes.
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