Followmont Transport signs up for first heavy-duty Volvo FH

Volvo Trucks has confirmed Followmont Transport has made the first Australian order of the recently unveiled heavy-duty FH Electric.

The FH Electric is the largest e-powered truck in Volvo’s fleet of electric vehicles.

With a range of 300km, it is considered a well suited platform for to extended transportation routes and intercity travel.

The deal also includes the mid-sized FL Electric, which has a range of 400km and is designed for urban delivery and intercity transportation. Both trucks are anticipated to be delivered to Followmont Transport in late 2023.

Martin Merrick, President of Volvo Group Australia said it was a huge milestone for Volvo Group.

“The FH Electric is set to be a game changer for transportation in Australia. It will play an important role in the decarbonisation of Australia’s transportation sector,” he said.

“This investment allows Followmont to set itself apart as a company that is stepping up and helping realise a future with cleaner and greener vehicles on Australian roads.”

Investing in the two e-powered trucks was a landmark occasion for Followmont, according to CEO Mark Tobin, as it looked to help its partners decarbonise.

“At Followmont, we take our responsibility seriously and understand this is the time for change,” he said.

“We’re excited to take delivery of our first electric units later this year, getting on the front foot to further reduce our impact on the environment and taking our strategy to the next level.

“Through investing in vehicles, technology, infrastructure, and our communities, we will continue to play our part in supporting present and future generations.”

As Volvo celebrates the inaugural order, it continues to call for urgent regulatory change to the current rules that limit steer-axle-to-mass ratios to 6.5 tonnes in Australia.

This stops heavy-duty vehicles including the FH Electric from driving on Australian roads.

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