Volvo to build FE Electric range for heavy urban distribution and refuse duties

 

Volvo Trucks has announced its second electric truck range will be the FE Electric.

It will be aimed at heavier urban distribution and refuse operations, with a gross vehicle weight of up to 27 tonnes.

The FE Electric, featuring a Volvo 2-speed transmission and manufacturer's own driveline, has twin electric motors producing a total maximum power output of 370kW and continuous power output of 260kW.

Maximum torque from the electric motors is 850 Nm, while on the rear axle it achieves 28 kNm.

Energy storage comes in the form of lithium-ion batteries up to 300 kWh and the FE Electric is capable of travelling up to 200km (124 miles) on one charge.

The truck manufacturer said the first FE Electric will be a refuse lorry with a body built by Faun, which will be operated in the city of Hamburg, Germany.

Sales of the new truck are expected to commence in Europe from next year.

Volvo last month announced its first electric offering would be the 16-tonne  FL Electric range for urban distribution, which featured a range of up to 185 miles on a full charge.

Claes Nilsson, president at Volvo Trucks, said the latest all-electric truck was ”another strategic step forward” in the development of its electrified transport strategy.

”This opens the door to new forms of co-operation with cities that target to improve air quality, reduce traffic noise, and cut congestion during peak hours since commercial operations can instead be carried out quietly and without tail-pipe exhaust emissions early in the morning or late at night.”

The new Volvo FE Electric will be offered in several variants, including a low-entry cab for easy driver access in built-up areas.

Volvo said battery capacity can be optimised to suit operator needs, with charging taking place via the mains or quick-charge stations.

“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,” added Jonas Odermalm, product line VP for the Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks.