Volvo rolls out medium-duty electric trucks with up to 450km range

New and more powerful batteries offer 42 percent extra energy capacity and help deliver up to 450km total range from a single charge.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 20 Jun 2023 Views icon2551 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Volvo Trucks has introduced new, more powerful batteries for its medium-duty electric trucks, capable of delivering an increased range of up to 450km and making it possible to electrify even more city transport assignments.

The powerful batteries in Volvo’s medium-duty truck range, the Volvo FL and Volvo FE Electric, offer 42% extra energy capacity and can as a result deliver up to 450 km total range from one charge.

This means that the trucks can handle most types of routes and assignments in urban areas, as well as providing power for equipment for energy-consuming assignments like refuse handling or city construction. The extra energy can also be used for city driving tasks in long shifts without requiring a recharge. As a result of the improved batteries, the Volvo FL Electric now has a range of up to 450km, while Volvo FE Electric has a range of up to 300km.

“With a range of up to 450 km, our electric trucks are ready to replace our customers’ entire fleet of diesel city trucks. Volvo FL and FE Electric produce minimal emissions and noise which benefits the climate, the driver and everyone that lives and moves about in the city,” says Jessica Sandström, SVP Product Management at Volvo Trucks.

The higher capacity means that fewer batteries are needed for the same power available today. If customers’ assignments require shorter ranges, they can therefore increase their payload by using fewer batteries – with a payload increase of 500kg for every battery not carried.

By replacing a Volvo FL or Volvo FE diesel truck with an electric version using green electricity on a typical route, approximately 30 tons of CO2 could be saved every year.*

Since Volvo Trucks started producing fully electric trucks in 2019, the company has sold nearly 5,000 electric trucks in 40 countries around the world. The company’s target is that half of its global total truck sales will be electric by 2030.

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