The first Volvo FL Electric commercial vehicle has arrived in Australia.
Powered by 600 Volt, 200 kWh battery packs which propels a 200kW/425Nm motor with a 2-speed I-Shift automated transmission, the 4×2 Volvo FL Electric will be fitted with an 8-pallet body and tailgate lift.
Linfox, a member of the Electric Vehicle Council, the national body representing the electric vehicle industry in Australia, has agreed to evaluate the Volvo FL Electric through metropolitan deliveries within its beverage logistics business BevChain.
The Volvo FL ELectric is expected to play a crucial role in Linfox’s business as they work towards a cleaner and more sustainable transport industry.
“The introduction of electric vehicles opens an exciting chapter for both Linfox and Volvo,” said Linfox Executive Chairman,
“Our investment in sustainable vehicles will significantly help reduce our emissions in the foreseeable future. Adopting a greener fleet is an ongoing part of our commitment to act sustainably, as we strive for zero net environmental emissions and play our part to mitigate climate change,” he said in a statement.
“As our nations’ freight demand grows, it is vital we meet that need safely, efficiently and with reduced environmental impact.
“Acting sustainably is just common sense. It is imperative to my family and our business that we preserve and protect our environment for the next generation.”
In late 2020 Volvo Trucks announced its intention for all Volvo Trucks to be fossil fuel free by 2040. It also announced that pre sales for the European market of a complete range of electric heavy duty truck models would begin in 2021 with production to start in 2022.
The road map to a fossil free future for Volvo Trucks also includes the development of Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology for long haul applications to complement the more urban centric electric drivelines and the gradual phasing out of the traditional diesel engine.
Momentum is building globally to create safe and clean cities according to Tony O’Connell, newly appointed Volvo Trucks Managing Director Malaysia.
“This is a very exciting time to be a part of Volvo Trucks Australia,” he said.
“The path to a cleaner, safer and ultimately more enjoyable cityscape is being paved as we speak,” said O’Connell.
“I look forward to seeing this truck plying the streets of an Australian capital city in the very near future.”