Volvo bags record order for electric trucks in Australia

Australian express freight company, Team Global Express, has placed an order for 36 Volvo electric trucks. This is Volvo’s largest electric truck order to date in Australia.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 07 Dec 2022 Views icon4466 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

The shift to sustainable truck transport is happening in many parts of the world, including Australia, where sales of electric trucks are starting to pick up. The country is committed to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050. With transport accounting for 19% of Australia’s carbon emissions, and 38% of that coming from road freight, pressure is mounting on the industry to make the shift to electric.

Freight giant moves towards zero-emissions
The Australian freight giant Team Global Express has now placed an order for 36 battery electric Volvo trucks of the model Volvo FL. These trucks are designed for urban distribution and have a load capacity of 5.5 tonnes in this application. They will become a part of Team Global Express Sydney metropolitan pick-up and delivery fleet.

The Volvo FL Electric can operate at a total weight of 16 tonnes, will be equipped with four 66 kWh battery packs for increased range and improved charging performance, and utilises a 600-volt single motor electric drive system and a 2-speed automated transmission.

The electric trucks have zero tailpipe emissions and produces less noise than conventional trucks, which benefits both drivers and city residents.  

“It’s clear that more and more transport companies around the world now want to start the journey towards electric, zero emission transports. Volvo is first out with heavy electric trucks in Australia and we are excited to work together with Team Global Express and other customers. We have the broadest electric truck line up in the industry, which makes it possible to electrify city and regional transport already today,” said Martin Merrick, President, Volvo Group Australia.

Volvo Trucks states that it is the only global truck manufacturer with a full range of electric truck in series production already today. The company´s target is that half of its global total sales of new trucks will be electric by 2030.

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