Volvo Trucks has updated its medium-duty electric trucks the FL and FE. The electric models now have a range of up to 450km and a 50 percent shorter charging time thanks to updated battery packs and faster 43kW AC charging.
Designed for urban applications, the FL and FE are well suited to refuse handling, distribution and inner-city construction. Since 2019, electric versions of these models have been available in markets across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Jessica Sandström, head of product management at Volvo Trucks, said: “Volvo Trucks has a market-leading offer of electric trucks – and we are constantly improving them to enable more businesses to take the step to zero-emission vehicles for their daily operations. The upgraded Volvo FL and Vovlo FE models are ideal work tools for businesses with sustainability high up on their agendas, offering a wide range of applications for their customers.”
As well as a new look, with a redesigned front end and LED headlights, the trucks have received safety upgrades that exceed the General Safety Regulations that come into effect in 2024. With both the electric and diesel powertrains, the vehicles feature slimmer exterior mirrors to improve direct vision. Inside the driver and crew get new LED lighting and lockable storage. The trucks can be equipped with a 360 degree bird’s-eye view camera and, or a side-view camera, depending on the application.
For busy city operations, safety systems include vulnerable road user detection, side collision avoidance support and driver alert support. The electric models are fitted with a new electric power take off unit. This saves weight and simplifies the bodybuilding process as the interface allows bodybuilding without an electric-mechanical motor.
Customer deliveries of the new Volvo FL and FE models start in the first half of 2024 and they are now available to order.