With the debut of its FL Electric truck Volvo is ready to meet the challenges of zero emission zones wherever they are in Europe. Brian Weatherley witnessed its recent ‘quiet’ arrival for Transport News. 

THERE’S A wind of change blowing through urban logistics, and it’s going to revolutionise the kind of trucks operators will be using in future on city deliveries.

Once, the people writing the Construction & Use rule book for HGVs were either Brussels bureaucrats or civil servants working in the various EU countries’ departments for transport. Now, the democratically elected mayors in Europe’s major cities are having their say.

Having been voted in on a popular platform to improve local air quality, not least by cracking down on ‘dirty’ trucks and buses, their collective worships (and major municipal bodies) are introducing Clean Air Zones and Ultra Low Emission Zones based on a minimum diesel engine standards.