Volvo electrifies in Europe … again

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Volvo Trucks has unveiled another electric truck in the form of the Volvo FE, just three weeks after unveiling its first all-electric truck in the form of the Volvo FL.

The FE is designed for city distribution and refuse operations with gross weights up to 59,500 lb.

The first of the trucks will begin operating in Hamburg, Germany early next year with support from Faun, a bodybuilder specializing in refuse collection.

Rüdiger Siechau, CEO of Stadtreinigung Hamburg, refers to the potential of electric trucks in the German city.

“Today, each of our 300 conventional refuse vehicles emits approximately 31.300 kg carbon dioxide every year. An electrically powered refuse truck with battery that stands a full shift of eight to 10 hours is a breakthrough in technology. Another benefit is the fact that Stadtreinigung Hamburg generates climate-neutral electricity that can be used to charge the batteries,” he says.

The truck’s driveline includes a pair of 370 kW electric motors with a two-speed Volvo transmission. Between 200 and 300 kWh of energy stored in lithium-ion batteries offers up to 200 km of range.

Empty batteries can be recharged to 300 kWH within 1.5 hours using CCS2 150 kW, or 10 hours through low-power charging at up to 22 kW AC.

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John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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