Emergency services in Queensland opt for electric Volvos

Mark Ryan, Adam Stevenson, Roger Adam, Martin Merrick and Per-Erik Lindström_Volvo Group.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has placed its first order for a heavy-duty electric truck from Volvo, securing a 6×4 FMX Electric prime mover to be used for operational logistics.

The organisation has also ordered a 13-litre Euro 6 FMX 6×4 prime mover, which they will run alongside the fully electric model, to assess the performance and emissions benefits of running on fossil-fuel-free hydrotreated vegetable oil against diesel.

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan, said the time was right for the QFES to add electric trucks into their 500 heavy vehicle fleet.

“I’m positive these vehicles will add tremendous value to the organisation, and I can’t wait to see them on the road,” he said.

Along with reducing noise and air pollution, electric trucks, having lower running costs, bring financial benefits to Queensland taxpayers, said Martin Merrick, President of Volvo Group Australia.

“Industry, government and other stakeholders all have a responsibility to work together to reduce emissions,” he said.

“Volvo is committed to partnering with Australian industry to decarbonise heavy transport.”

End-user feedback and real-time operational performance of the vehicles will be monitored with the support of Volvo Connect telematics.

QFES Acting Commissioner, Mike Wassing said its logistics fleet was identified to trial the introduction  of the electric heavy vehicle and the electric prime mover.

“That fleet has a pivotal part to play in QFES, ensuring operational crews are fully supported in a timely manner when undertaking critical logistics delivery runs,” he said.

“This is a momentous occasion and a tremendous opportunity for QFES and the firefighters who can utilise these state-of-the-art vehicles.”

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