New Volvo electric trucks for urban transport

Volvo Trucks announced the start of sales of its Volvo FL and Volvo FE electric trucks in selected markets within Europe, meeting the increasing demand for sustainable transport solutions in city environments

The electric trucks offer a huge potential in urban areas. The reduced noise levels make it possible to carry out deliveries and refuse collection in early mornings, late evenings, or even at night, helping to improve transport logistics and reduce congestion during peak hours. 


With better air quality and less noise, electric trucks create new opportunities for city planning and road infrastructure.

"Global urbanisation requires urban logistics and truck transport with zero emissions and less noise with increasing urgency.


With the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric, we’re able to meet both the strong environmental demands as well as the high commercial requirements of our customers," says Jonas Odermalm, VP product line electromobility.

One challenge is to maximise the payload at the same time as optimising the driving range. 


"Volvo Trucks’ solutions will be based on individual business needs that consider a number of parameters, such as driving cycles, load capacity, and route analysis to use the battery capacity in the most efficient way possible," continues Jonas.

Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric were developed in close collaboration with selected customers operating in Gothenburg, Sweden. Feedback has been positive, and the drivers involved in the collaboration are particularly impressed by the responsive driveline, seamless acceleration, and how quiet the trucks are. 


"While customer feedback has been positive," explains Jonas, "we do recognise that charging infrastructure is still under development in most cities and we’re working alongside both public and private partners to agree on a long-term strategy for the expansion of charging infrastructure. But it’s clear that the pace of development of charging infrastructure needs to increase." 

Quick facts

  • The Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric trucks have been developed for distribution, refuse handling, and other urban transport applications 
  • Sales will start in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands 
  • The start of serial production is planned for March 2020
  • The Volvo FL Electric has capacity for a GVW (gross vehicle weight) of 16 tonnes while the GVW of the Volvo FE Electric is 27 tonnes

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