Volvo Debuts FL Electric Truck With Up To 300 kWh Battery

APR 13 2018 BY MARK KANE 12

Volvo Trucks presents its first all-electric truck with up to a 300 kWh battery and up to 300 km (186 miles) of range. It’s called the Volvo FL Electric.

Volvo FL Electric

Series production and sales of the Volvo FL Electric are to begin in 2019. The first two will be operated by refuse collection and recycling company Renova and haulage firm TGM.

The truck is designed for distribution, refuse collection and other applications in urban conditions.

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Depending on needs, the battery pack can be from 100 kWh (two batteries) to 300 kWh (six batteries). The 185 kW electric motor uses a two-speed transmission for better efficiency. In the case of charging, there are two options – AC up to 22 kW or DC up to 150 kW.

Volvo FL Electric specs:

  • Driveline: 185 kW electric motor, max power/130 kW continuous output, two speed transmission, propeller shaft, rear axle. Max torque electric motor 425 Nm. Max torque rear axle 16 kNm.
  • Energy storage: 2-6 lithium-ion batteries, totalling 100-300 kWh.
  • Range: Up to 300 km.
  • Charging: AC charging via the mains grid (22 kW) or DC fast charge via CCS/Combo2 for up to 150 kW.
  • Recharging time: From empty to fully charged batteries: fast charge 1-2 hours (DC charging), night charge up to 10 hours (AC charging) with maximum battery capacity of 300 kWh.
  • GVW of 16 tonnes

Volvo FL Electric powertrain

Press release:

Premiere for Volvo Trucks’ first all-electric truck

Volvo FL Electric

Volvo Trucks now introduces its first all-electric truck for commercial use – the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. With this introduction Volvo Trucks takes the lead in solutions for electrified goods transport in cities.

“We’re immensely proud to present the first in a range of fully electrically-powered Volvo trucks ready for regular traffic. With this model we are making it possible for cities that aim for sustainable urban development to benefit from the advantages of electrified truck transports,” says Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks.

With better air quality and less noise in the city, it is possible to plan for housing and infrastructure more freely than at present. An electric truck without any exhaust emissions can be used in indoor terminals and environmental zones. Their low noise level creates opportunities for doing more work at night, thus reducing the burden on the roads during the day.

There is considerable market interest in electric trucks. Many potential customers have questions about the opportunities generated by the new technology and how it can impact their operations.

“In order to make the transition secure and smooth, we will offer holistic solutions based on each customer’s individual needs regarding driving cycles, load capacity, uptime, range and other parameters. Such a solution may encompass everything from route analysis and battery optimisation to servicing and financing. Volvo Trucks works closely with several suppliers of charging equipment. The aim as always is to offer customers high uptime and productivity,” says Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks.

Backing the Volvo Trucks offer is the Volvo Group’s accumulated expertise in electrified transport solutions. Sister company Volvo Buses has sold more than 4000 electrified buses since 2010. The technology used for propulsion and energy storage in the Volvo FL Electric has been thoroughly tried and tested from the outset and is supported by Volvo Trucks’ far-reaching network for sales, service and parts supply.

Volvo FL Electric

“From experience we know how important it is that cities, energy suppliers and vehicle manufacturers cooperate in order for large-scale electrification to become a reality. With attractive incentives, agreed standards and a long-term strategy for urban planning and expansion of the charging infrastructure, the process can go much faster,” explains Jonas Odermalm.

Volvo Trucks believes that it is essential to take a holistic view of electrification of the transport sector to handle the ongoing challenges in areas such as electricity generation and batteries.

“For instance, in order to ensure that raw materials for the batteries are extracted in a responsible way, the Volvo Group works with the Drive Sustainability network, which has a special function that monitors this issue. The Volvo Group is also involved in various projects where batteries from heavy electric vehicles get a second lease of life, reused for energy storage. All the questions about handling of batteries have not yet been solved, but we are working actively both within the Group and together with other actors to drive development and create the necessary solutions,” says Jonas Odermalm.

The first trucks in the Volvo FL Electric range are now entering regular operation with customers in Gothenburg, the home of Volvo Trucks.

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Not the truck, they will launch before tesla.

Great to see yet another market segment getting [additional] EV options – way to go Volvo!

Could be a good platform for school buses with their modular battery strategy. They don’t need a lot of capacity since they are off-duty intermittently during the day and hence can top-up while parked.

This is a great application of EV technology to use that will take the highest advantage of its benefits. Garbage and recycling trucks are constantly running stop and go, often in densely populated regions. The efficiency, noise and pollution advantages of EVs, especially in low-speed stop and go conditions make this a ripe market.

I want my garbage truck to be noisy because if i forget to throw out the trash the truck will always remind me if i threw away the trash or not

I am sure can set a reminder so the rest of us can sleep instead.

lol. Well im up at 5am but the truck doesnt come by the area till 10am. So alot things can be done and you can forget easily 😒

Most of the noise from Garbage Trucks come from the Hydraulic Ram – in any type of truck.

But its a good think they’re commercializing this truck. 32 amp charging (22 kw) in Europe, and hopefully 80 ampere (16-19 kw) j1772 charging in the states, when it gets here.

Not where I live. It’s the diesel engine you hear in my street, then the garbage as it tips into the truck. The hydraulic grabber is actually pretty quiet.

I should say the hydraulic piston pump that OPERATES the ram is usually the noisiest – but I’ll take your point that it is possible to have a slightly more expensive, lower speed pump that doesn’t make the racket the ones around me do.

And NEVS will launch 4 new EVs in 2018, range?
“The Four New Saab Next-Generations Include SUVs, Crossover, and Fastback
The four new models should launch sometime in 2018”

What is the price of this battery?