It looks like Volvo's truck division is also keen on introducing electric verisons of their heavy haulers. Hot on the heels of the Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter which arrived in the US last year, Volvo Trucks has also revealed their take on such a vehicle with the FL Electric.
With continued efforts to emit less emissions, as well as lower the global carbon footprint, Volvo Trucks claims that the FL Electric will contribute heavily for sustainable urban development and growth.
“We're 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,” said Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks.
From its namesake, this seemingly mild-mannered hauler gets its power from a lithium-ion-powered electric motor. It is capable of generating more than 250 PS along with 425 Nm of torque. It can come with either two batteries (100 kWh) or six batteries (300 kWh) and has a range of up to 300 km.
When fully depleted, a fast DC recharge (150 kw) will only take 1 – 2 hours to complete. However, when charged on a standard AC outlet (22 kw), it will take 10 hours for the batteries to be fully charged. This only applies if the FL Electric comes with the full 300 kWh battery pack.
Sales and series production of the new FL Electric will start in Europe come 2019. When officially launched, the FL Electric can be set for multiple roles like distribution, refuse/waste collection and other urban applications.