Volvo announced the launch of its first all-electric commercial truck, called the FL Electric, on April 16, 2018.
The company designed this fully-electric truck especially for urban distribution and waste management, which is expected to commence manufacture and sales in 2019. The truck can capacitate two to six lithium-ion batteries with 100–300kWh, with the ability to run up to 300 km.
The new truck can either charge fast in one to two hours via DC or overnight with AC. Volvo claims that these trucks will also help companies enhance efficiency. They can be used in indoor terminals and environmental zones, as they are much quieter than their petrol and diesel counterparts. They can also theoretically be used at night in populated areas without bothering people.
Volvo is seeking a holistic view of electrification for vehicles, keeping a close watch on extraction of the raw materials for batteries. The first two FL Electric trucks of the company will be operational in Gothenburg, Sweden, by refuse collection and recycling company Renova and haulage firm TGM.
In 2017, the company introduced the Polestar 1 coupe, making FL Electric not the first electric commercial truck announcement by the company. Tesla’s electric Semi, which is expected to launch in 2019, will have a range of 500 miles and some self-driving capabilities. It is also found that UPS is partnering with Workhorse Group Inc. to build its own fleet of electric trucks with a range of 100 miles, while Thor Trucks, startup, plans to convert fossil fuel-burning trucks into battery-electric ones.