Full range of Volvo trucks now available with electric power

Volvo electric

Volvo Trucks has said it believes the time is right for the electrification of heavy road transport to take a major leap forward. This comes as it confirmed that it is now taking orders for battery electric version of its full range.

The FL and FE models for the distribution and utilities sectors have been garnering orders for some time, and the first deliveries to UK operators are expected within the next two months. Now, the Swedish manufacturer has confirmed that as of this month, it is accepting orders for the rest of the range.

These are the middle-weight FM family, the construction-sector specific FMX and the long-haul top-weight FH. First deliveries of these models is realistically estimated as being in Q3, 2022. Prospective purchasers will be making a leap of faith, with no pricing information available yet, except that the premium will be substantial. The first operators will clearly be driven their own and their customers’ ambitious climate targets, rather than simple economics.

Volvo Trucks president Roger Alm said “More and more transport companies are realising they need to start their electrification journey right now, both with the environment in mind and for competitive reasons to satisfy customer requirements for sustainable shipping. With Volvo Trucks’ wide and deep offering, it is totally feasible for far more transport companies to go electric.”

The next stage in Volvo’s zero-tailpipe emission programme will utilise hydrogen fuel cells. Alm said “This technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified, using both batteries and fuel cells. Our aim is to start selling fuel-cell electric trucks in the second part of this decade and we are confident we can make this happen.”

Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes adds a new Nooteboom, 4-axle low-loader to its fleet

Edinburgh-based Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes has added a new STGO Cat 3, 4-axle low-loader from Nooteboom trailer to its fleet of specialist crane ballast, low-loader, step-frame and flat trailers.

The new Nooteboom Eurotrailer Euro-96-04(P) model, which has been specified with steer/lift SAF axles with Goodyear 285/70R 19.5 tyres, comes with an extendable load bed, measuring 8,500mm when closed. Running with a 535mm loading height, the 2,740mm wide load bed can also be extended with its outriggers to add 250mm to the main deck at each side. A hydraulically operated gooseneck, with a total stroke of 800mm, permits 6x4 tractor unit operation with a jeepdolly if required, along with coupling to either 8x4 or 10x4 tractor units.

Commenting on the new arrival, which will be used for a variety of crane ballast transport, machinery movements and heavy haulage, Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes MD Mark Rafferty, said: “The new Nooteboom Eurotrailer represents a substantial investment for our business. We are delighted with its specification and build quality. The trailer will bring additional capabilities to our heavy haulage fleet, in addition to offering a wider range of transport solutions to our customers.”

Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.