Volvo Trucks delivers first electric concrete mixer
Volvo Trucks has delivered its first all-electric ready-mix concrete mixer. The Volvo FMX Electric goes to the building materials manufacturer Cemex, which uses it in a ready-mix concrete plant in Berlin-Spandau.
The vehicle now delivered, based on a Volvo FMX Electric, stems from an agreement that Volvo and Cemex had concluded in 2021. At the time, Cemex only stated in general terms that it was aiming to “create the first zero-emission fleet” – but no specific vehicle order was mentioned.
As Volvo now says on the occasion of the delivery, it was no easy task to convert the FMX Electric, which was designed for the construction industry, as a ready-mix concrete mixer. “Electrification of concrete transportation is challenging due to heavy loads and continuous mixing demands,” the manufacturer writes. As transport with electric trucks gradually increases, Volvo Trucks and Cemex are working to develop and scale the technologies “needed to make zero-emission transport a reality even in the demanding construction industry”.
For the electric concrete mixer, Volvo uses four battery packs with a total energy content of 360 kWh. This should be sufficient for a whole day’s work, depending on the application, or can be supplemented by charging during regular breaks, says Volvo. The drive is provided by two engines with a total output of 330 kW. The concrete mixer has a capacity of nine cubic metres and also draws its energy from the vehicle’s high-voltage batteries.
A year ago, Volvo Trucks received an order from the Danish concrete manufacturer Unicon for eleven FM Electric electric trucks, which were to be converted into truck mixers and used in Denmark.