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Volvo reveals second electric truck

After revealing its FL Electric last month, Swedish truck brand, Volvo, has already added to its fully electric portfolio with the unveil of the FE Electric – a smaller truck aimed at metropolitan operations.

With a Gross Vehicle Weight of up to 27 tonnes, the FE Electric will go on sale across Europe next year.

“With the introduction of the Volvo FE Electric we have a comprehensive range of electrically powered trucks for city operations and are taking yet another step forward in the development of our total offer in electrified transport,” said Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks.

“This 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 tailpipe emissions early in the morning or late at night.”

The first Volvo FE Electric, a refuse truck with a body developed alongside Europe’s largest truck bodybuilder, Faun, will start operating in early 2019 in Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg.

“Hamburg, which was named European Green Capital of the EU in 2011, has worked long and successfully on a broad front to enhance green and sustainable urban development,” said Jonas Odermalm, Product Line Vice President for the Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks.  “This applies not least in the transport sector, where electrified buses from Volvo are already being used in the public transport network. The experiences and ambitions from this venture make Hamburg a highly interesting partner for us,”

The Volvo FE Electric will be offered in several variants for different roles, including a low-entry cab.

“Our solutions for electrified transport are designed to suit the specific needs of each customer and each city. We also have close partnerships with suppliers of charging infrastructure,” added Odermalm.