Linfox has announced that its first refrigerated electric truck is going into the Woolworths fleet delivering fresh produce to stores in metropolitan Melbourne.
The Volvo FL Electric will transport fresh produce daily from the Melbourne fresh food distribution centre operated by the Woolworths Group’s supply chain arm, Primary Connect.
Just one of two Volvo FL Electrics in Australia and 75 released globally, it is the only Volvo FL electric vehicle in Australia to be fitted with refrigeration. The jointly branded vehicle can deliver up to 8 pallets of produce to Woolworths supermarkets at a time.
The Electric FL utilises four batteries to achieve an energy capacity of 200 kWh, however, future iterations will feature a capacity of 265kWh, such is the pace of battery development. The electric driveline provides 425Nm of torque which is delivered to the rear wheels via a 2-speed I-shift automated transmission.
“From the products in our supermarkets to the trucks that deliver them, we know the changes we make to become more sustainable today will create a better tomorrow for generations to come,” said Chris Brooks, Acting Managing Director of Primary Connect and Chief Supply Chain Officer of Woolworths Group. “Linfox has been with us on our journey of electric vehicles since 2018 and we share a commitment to sustainability.
“We’re excited to deepen our investment in electric vehicles in partnership with Linfox, as we pave the way for a greener next-generation supply chain. We supply more than 1,000 supermarkets across the country, and the ongoing development of heavy electric trucks represents an opportunity for us to drive positive change on Australia’s roads.
“We will be watching the results of this trial closely with Linfox to understand how electric trucks can support our shift to a low carbon future in the years ahead.”
A charging station at the Melbourne Fresh DC will charge the battery while deliveries are unloaded. The EV can travel up to 200km before needing to be recharged and takes nine hours to fully recharge.