Volvo Trucks is well prepared with its recently introduced FH, FM and FMX electric vehicles to effect a quick change towards more sustainable means of transport and a significant upswing in the electrification of heavy commercial vehicle traffic. Thanks to a technology based on joint platforms, they are suitable for a variety of transport tasks, which should make it easier for many transport companies to enter the electromobility.
With the launch of three new fully electric trucks – the Volvo FH, the Volvo FM and the Volvo FMX – the manufacturer can now offer its customers a pallet of six electrified truck models. The production of the new trucks starts with tractors in the second half of 2022. At the beginning of 2023 the chassis should follow.
The new heavy trucks for regional traffic and the construction industry offer a permissible total weight (ZGG) of up to 44 tonnes and are available in two alternative chassis heights, with wheel boards of 3800 to 6700 mm and in configurations with two, three or four axes.
“Our new electrically powered trucks are based on the same successful platform as your diesel or gas-powered counterparts. They offer high flexibility and are suitable for a wide variety of transport requirements.”- Jonas or Malm, Vice President of Electromobility Product Management at Volvo Trucks
In the vehicles, three electric motors are coupled with the proven I-Shift transmission of Volvo Trucks, which has a new switching strategy optimized for electrical operation. Together, the motors and the I-SHIFT transmission form a powerful electric drive unit, which should provide an unprecedented, highly efficient driving behavior – with a combined electric motor capacity of 490 kW (666 hp) and a transmission torque of up to 28.000 nm.
Since the truck always starts in the highest possible corridor, thanks to a minimum of switching operations energy efficiency and savings are achieved, Volvo’s knowledge. For steep roads or in starting situations requiring more torque and control, lower gears are also available. For the secondary drive, the following three options are available: an electrical (40 kW), an electromechanical (70 kW) and a transmission side (150 kW).
The traction batteries use the latest generation of lithium-ion cell technology and are assembled in a production plant of Volvo. An electrically powered truck with six battery packs can save up to 540 kWh. This allows a range of up to 300 km.
Smooth transition to electromobility for freight forwarders
The trucks offer two charging options: AC charge with up to 43 kW, ideal for loading overnight, or a much faster DC charging with up to 250 kW. This is very useful if two layers are being worked or if customers need to recharge the vehicle in the lunch break to get extra reach. With a DC charger with a capacity of 250 kW, it is possible to charge up to 80 percent of the battery capacity in less than 90 minutes.
In addition to the truck with electric drive, Volvo Trucks also offers a complete package of service, maintenance and financing solutions designed specifically for transport companies in order to support them with easier and faster transition to electrified transport.
“For entrepreneurs, it is important that the conversion to truck with electric drive can be step-by-step, smooth and easy. You will have a mixed fleet with different powertrains over many years and can continue to use systems like DynaFleet and the same service provider for all your Volvo Trucks. The powertrain may be different, but the rest is very similar, so that the switching to electric truck is seamless and logical, “says Jonas or Mallm.
The electric vehicles of Volvo Trucks for Europe at a glance:
- Volvo FH Electric for regional and supraregional transports
- Volvo FM Electric, a versatile truck for local heavy transports and regional distribution traffic
- Volvo FMX Electric for cleaner and quieter construction transport
- Volvo Fe Electric for local and urban distribution traffic and waste management
- Volvo FL Electric for local and urban distribution
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