Volvo Starts Selling Electric Trucks for Urban Transport

They are the first urban electric trucks to go on sale in Europe.
Chris Young

With no exhaust emissions and reduced noise levels compared to their combustion engine counterparts, electric trucks have great potential for use in urban areas.

Deliveries and refuse collection in the early hours are less of a bother to locals, while air pollution also reduced.

With this in mind, Volvo has just launched its electric trucks for urban city spaces.


Zero emissions and less noise

As Transport Topics reports, sales of Volvo's electric trucks will kick off in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands. Production is slated for March.

The Volvo FL Electric has the capacity for a vehicle weight of 16 tons, while the GVW of the Volvo FE Electric sits at 27 tons.

“Global urbanization requires urban logistics and truck transport with zero emissions and less noise with increasing urgency. With the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric, we are able to meet both the strong environmental demands as well as the high commercial requirements of our customers,” Jonas Odermalm, VP Product Line Electromobility, said in a press release.

Tackling climate change with adaptable EVs

With these urban trucks, Volvo says that they have set out to maximize the payload as well as have a strong driving range. This, the company says, will be adaptable to different business necessities. 

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“Volvo Trucks’ solutions will be based on individual business needs that consider a number of parameters, such as driving cycles, load capacity, and route analysis, to use the battery capacity in the most efficient way possible,” continues Jonas Odermalm.

The new trucks, Volvo hopes, will help to tackle the issue of climate change while making urban spaces more livable.

Though Odermalm says customer feedback has been positive, he recognizes the fact that charging infrastructures have a long way to go. "It’s clear that the pace of development of charging infrastructure needs to increase.”