The first Volvo FL Electric in Australia will be fitted with an eight-pallet body and tailgate lift and will be Linfox’s electric truck, evaluated while undertaking metropolitan deliveries within BevChain, the road transport operation’s beverage logistics business.
The 4×2 Volvo FL Electric is powered by 600 Volt, 200 kWh battery packs which power a 200kW/425Nm motor. Power gets to the drive wheels via a two-speed I-Shift automated transmission. Linfox’s electric truck is expected to begin trials with BevChain in April 2021.
“The introduction of electric vehicles opens an exciting chapter for both Linfox and Volvo,” said Peter Fox, Executive Chairman Linfox. “This will play a crucial role in Linfox’s business as we work towards a cleaner and more sustainable transport industry. Our investment in sustainable vehicles will significantly help reduce our emissions in the foreseeable future.
“Adopting a greener fleet is an ongoing part of our commitment to act sustainably, as we strive for zero net environmental emissions and play our part to mitigate climate change. As our nations’ freight demand grows, it is vital we meet that need safely, efficiently and with reduced environmental impact.
“Acting sustainably is just common sense. It is imperative to my family and our business that we preserve and protect our environment for the next generation.”
In late 2020 Volvo Trucks announced its intention for all Volvo Trucks to be fossil fuel free by 2040. It also announced that pre sales for the European market of a complete range of electric heavy duty truck models would begin in 2021 with production to start in 2022.
The road map to a fossil free future for Volvo Trucks also includes the development of Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology for long haul applications to complement the more urban centric electric drivelines and the gradual phasing out of the traditional diesel engine.
“This is a very exciting time to be a part of Volvo Trucks Australia,” says Tony O’Connell, Vice President, Volvo Trucks Australia. “The path to a cleaner, safer and ultimately more enjoyable cityscape is being paved as we speak. I look forward to seeing this truck plying the streets of an Australian capital city in the very near future.
“It is very clear that both our customers, and our customer’s customers, are demanding a cleaner and quieter urban transport environment. Momentum is building globally to create safe and clean cities and the arrival of this truck in Australia marks the first step on that journey for Volvo Trucks Australia.
“The electrification of our urban supply chain not only affects the local air quality of our cities. It also has the potential to make our urban areas more liveable. Imagine a cityscape of clear horizons, devoid of the rumble and hum of the tradition internal combustion engine, and that’s got to be something worth striving for.”