JUST THREE weeks after unveiling Volvo’s first all-electric truck, the Volvo FL Electric, (Transport News: June issue) the manufacturer is expanding its product range with the Volvo FE Electric, designed for heavier city distribution and refuse transport operations with gross weights of up to 27 tonnes. Sales of the new vehicle will commence in Europe in 2019.

‘The introduction of the Volvo FE Electric opens the door to new forms of co-operation with cities that target improved air quality, reduced traffic noise, and cut congestion during peak hours since commercial operations can instead be carried out quietly and without tale-pipe exhaust emissions early in the morning or late at night,’ says Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks.

The first Volvo FE Electric, a refuse truck with a superstructure developed together with Europe’s largest truck bodybuilder, Faun, will start operating in early 2019 in Hamburg which was named European Green Capital of the EU in 2011. Germany’s second largest city has worked long and successfully on a broad front to enhance green and sustainable urban development. This applies not least in the transport sector, where electrified buses from Volvo are already being used in the public transport network.