Global manufacturers Volvo Trucks has introduced the first all electric trucks as part of its fleet for commercial use.
Described as the first in the range, the Volvo FL Electric has the potential to revolutionise the way waste management is undertaken.
Significantly, it is the type of vehicle that fits the profile that many local authorities are looking for, insofar as it provides the environmental gains that will benefit urban environments.
The first Volvo FL Electric range of trucks have been rolled out in Gothenburg initially, but will enter the European market in a more widespread nature next year.
It will give local authorities the opportunity to use electrified goods transport for urban distribution and refuse operations, emitting less noise and other pollution in emissions.
Those low noise levels also make it feasible that collections for waste can be made at night, which can also free up the roads during the day.
Claes Nilsson is the President of Volvo Trucks. He is “immensely proud” of the company’s innovation.
“We are immensely proud to present the first in a range of fully electrically-powered Volvo trucks ready for regular traffic.
“With this model, we are making it possible for cities that aim for sustainable urban development to benefit from the advantages of electrified truck transports.”
Volvo Trucks has already witnessed the positive impact of energy efficient and environmentally friendly solutions, given the fact its sister company has sold thousands of hybrid or fully-electrified buses in the UK since 2010.
There is interest in electric trucks in the UK already, with a number of councils rolling out these products, and Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy for Volvo FL and Volvo FE at the firm, added: “Volvo Trucks works closely with several suppliers of charging equipment with the aim, as always, to offer customers high uptime and productivity.”