Volvo FL Electric – the first electric Volvo… lorry
Volvo has finally introduced its first production electric vehicle, which should get its fans frothing in the mouth with excitement. However, those dreaming of an all-electric XC40 will be disappointed to learn that the Volvo we’re talking about is Volvo Trucks, and the electric vehicle in question is actually a lorry.
The new Volvo FL Electric is targeted mainly at urban distribution and refuse operations, and it is claimed that the lack of air and noise pollution will enable operators to plan for the lorry’s usage in housing areas and infrastructure more freely than ever.
Volvo Truck says that the zero-emissions lorry can be operated in indoor terminals and environmental zones that restrict the use of regular vehicles, while its low levels of noise present more opportunities for working at night, reducing the burden on the roads during the day.
The FL Electric has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 16 tonnes, and is powered by a 185 kW (248 hp) electric motor with a maximum torque output of 425 Nm – all sent to the rear wheels via a two-speed transmission. The lorry can be fitted with anywhere between two to six lithium-ion batteries, with total capacity ranging between 100 and 300 kWh. Range is rated at up to 300 km.
Charging the 300 kWh version from empty to full capacity takes between one to two hours using a DC CCS or Combo2 fast charger of up to 150 kW, or up to 10 hours with an 22 kW AC charger. The FL Electric is said to leverage on the Volvo Group’s accumulated electric transportation expertise, with sister company Volvo Buses having sold more than 4,000 electrified buses since 2010.
The Volvo FL Electric has gone into service with customers in Volvo’s home in Gothenburg, including refuse collection and recycling company Renova and haulage firm TGM. Series production will kick off next year, as will sales in the rest of Europe.
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April 17, 2018 at 02:28PM