The Volvo Group has begun production of the FL Electric and FE Electric trucks for distribution, refuse handling and other urban transport applications. The Volvo FL Electric has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity of 16 tons, while the Volvo FE Electric has a GVW capacity of 27 tons. The Volvo Group is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden and produces, distributes and sells trucks, buses and construction equipment.
The Volvo FL Electric trucks were developed in collaboration with selected customers. The drivers who will operate the electric trucks have had the opportunity to test-drive them prior to delivery, as part of the operator training. The absence of motor noise and exhaust emissions contributes to better working conditions for the drivers and a quieter, cleaner urban environment.
Volvo’s first consignment of FE Electric trucks went to a waste and recycling company and to logistics companies. Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks stated, “The drivers were particularly impressed with the responsive driveline, delivering fast and seamless acceleration, and the low noise level.” Volvo is continuing the development of new electric trucks, buses and construction.
Why are the launch of electric trucks successful? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that the leading sources for greenhouse gases in America in 2016 were transportation (28.5%), electricity production (28.4%), industry/manufacturing (22.1%), commercial residents (11%) and agriculture (9%).
Aggressively addressing climate change means reducing the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions first. Utilities have been steadily moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Electric vehicle is rapidly advancing, and we will soon be able to recharge an electric vehicle as fast as it now takes to fill up our car with gasoline. In my opinion, now is the time that our state and federal legislators implement tax credits for businesses that install electric vehicle charging stations.
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