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Volvo introduces its first electric truck, the FL Electric

Volvo introduces its first ele...
The Volvo FL Electric is fully electrified, operating as a battery-electric truck
The Volvo FL Electric is fully electrified, operating as a battery-electric truck
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Charging through standard AC stations or fast-charging DC units is possible with the FL Electric from Volvo
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Charging through standard AC stations or fast-charging DC units is possible with the FL Electric from Volvo
Powered by a 130 kW continuous output (185 kW peak) motor, the truck’s motor can output 425 Nm, which is then compounded to 16 kNm through the drivetrain
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Powered by a 130 kW continuous output (185 kW peak) motor, the truck’s motor can output 425 Nm, which is then compounded to 16 kNm through the drivetrain
Volvo studied replacement of most heavy-duty truck operations to night time and found that it's far more efficient
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Volvo studied replacement of most heavy-duty truck operations to night time and found that it's far more efficient
The Volvo FL Electric is fully electrified, operating as a battery-electric truck
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The Volvo FL Electric is fully electrified, operating as a battery-electric truck
Volvo has built the truck to be modular so that battery costs can be minimized and suited directly to the user’s requirements
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Volvo has built the truck to be modular so that battery costs can be minimized and suited directly to the user’s requirements
The FL Electric is designed to have a range of up to 300 kilometers
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The FL Electric is designed to have a range of up to 300 kilometers

Volvo introduced its new FL platform for 16-tonne applications last month and has now unveiled its electrified version of that design, the FL Electric. Engineered to be variable according to need, the FL Electric is suitable for urban distribution, refuse operations, and similar requirements.

The Volvo FL Electric is fully electrified, operating as a battery-electric truck. Powered by a 130 kW continuous output (185 kW peak) motor, the truck's motor can output 425 Nm (313 lb-ft). The drivetrain then compounds that to 16 kNm (11,801 lb-ft) through the rear axle. That's more than enough power for a truck with a gross weight of up to 16 tonnes (35,000 pounds).

The range for the Volvo FL Electric will depend on need. Volvo has built the truck to be modular so that battery costs can be minimized and suited directly to the user's requirements. Calling these "holistic solutions," Volvo Truck's head of product strategy for the FL and FE, Jonas Odermalm describes a combination of driving cycles, load capacities, and expected uptime being used to determine range, charging infrastructure, and so forth. The FL Electric is designed to have a range of up to 300 km (186 miles) from batteries ranging from 100 to 300 kWh.

Volvo studied replacement of most heavy-duty truck operations to night time and found that it's far more efficient
Volvo studied replacement of most heavy-duty truck operations to night time and found that it's far more efficient

Similarly, charging times for those batteries would vary depending on total capacity and charging type. The largest batteries (300 kWh) would require about two hours with high-speed DC charging and about 10 hours through standard AC charging. Volvo has teamed with a variety of charge solution providers for this customization.

Volvo says that the FL Electric has begun entering regular operations with customers in Gothenburg, Sweden where Volvo Trucks is based. One is being used as a refuse collection (garbage) truck with Renova and the other as a goods transport truck with TGM. Volvo cites studies done which highlight how nighttime operations (possible through quieter electric trucks) and more optimized urban housing can be possible if electric trucks become the norm.

Source: Volvo Trucks

1 comment
gybognarjr
As an engineering solution one can respect the work that went into it. Hats off to the engineers of Volvo, for their knowhow. As a practical, economical, ecological solution, my opinion is, that it is a very poor result. Huge batteries are a very primitiv method of storing electricity. Coal, gas, oil burning generators and nuclear reactors are not environmentally friendly. The work should concentrate in the production and storage of electricity and until a revolutionary, new, ecological solution found, that is also economical, the present primitiv applications are not beneficial to the envionment and the ecology.