Volvo launches all-electric FL range for urban operations

Hayley Tayler
April 17, 2018


Volvo Trucks is to build a range of all-electric lorries aimed at hauliers working in an urban environment.

The 16-tonne FL Electric is a fully electrically-powered truck for distribution, refuse collection and other haulage work in built-up areas.

It features a range of up to 300km (185 miles) on a full charge and can be completely fast-charged in 1-2 hours, or plugged into the mains grid overnight taking up to 10 hours.

The first two electric FLs have already entered service with Swedish recycling firm Renova and general haulage company TGM, with series production due to begin next year.

"We are immensely proud to present the first in a range of fully electrically-powered Volvo trucks ready for regular traffic," said Claes Nilsson, president, Volvo Trucks.

“With this model we are making it possible for cities that aim for sustainable urban development to benefit from the advantages of electrified truck transport."

The manufacturer said there had been “considerable market interest” in electric trucks, with many of its customers keen to explore how new technology could fit their operations.

Volvo Group experience in electrification, for example in the bus sector, has helped the manufacturer with the development of its electric truck range.

Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks, said: “From experience we know how important it is that cities, energy suppliers and vehicle manufacturers co-operate in order for large-scale electrification to become a reality.

"With attractive incentives, agreed standards and a long-term strategy for urban planning and expansion of the charging infrastructure, the process can go much faster.”

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Hayley Tayler

Hayley Tayler has worked across Road Transport Media’s portfolio of publications, including Commercial Motor and Motor Transport, since 2008 in a number of editorial roles from news reporter to urban editor. She now specialises in events and projects content for the business, including the Road Transport Expo and a series of industry research reports.

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