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Electric-Truck

Volvo Trucks To Launch First Commercial Electric Truck

Production Beginning In 2019

As the first of the current major HGV manufacturers to announce the release of an all-electric truck, what does the future hold for diesels?

What are the pro’s and cons of an electric truck and how will they change our industry?

Volvo Trucks will be launching its first commercial electric truck offering, the 16-tonne GVW Volvo FL Electric, in the near future. Production and sales are to begin in 2019.

That relates simply to sales in Europe, where the initial run of such trucks is now being put to use by pilot program customers — including the garbage collection firm Renova and haulage firm TGM.

The new Volvo FL Electric will feature a variable design when it comes to battery pack capacities and ranges — with capacities of 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 300 kWh available. Fast charging capability of up to 150 kW will also be available (via CCS/Combo2).

The model is also outfitted with a 185 kW electric drivetrain (130 kW continuous output), which offers a max torque of 425 N·m.

Owing to the reality that the offering is electric, it can be used indoors in facilities where such vehicles would otherwise not be granted access — representing perhaps an initial niche application.

Noise levels are much lower than with a comparable diesel-powered vehicle as well, further extending potential niche applications (late-night shifts that would no longer be so offensiveness to residents).

So what are the positives and negatives of an electric Truck?

THE PROS:

  • CHEAPER TO RUN
  • LOW MAINTENANCE
  • NO CARBON EMISSIONS
  • QUIET

THE CONS:

  • LIMITED RANGE
  • LONG RE-CHARGE TIME
  • HIGHER PURCHASE COST
  • UNKNOWN MECHANICAL KNOWLEDGE AND REPAIR COST
  • THE NEED FOR MORE POWER STATIONS
  • INCREASED DISPOSAL OF HAZARDOUS BATTERIES AND MATERIALS

It looks like electric vehicles are set to be the future. As James Hart has been a major supplier of new, reconditioned and recycled parts, especially for DAF vehicles and the sale and repair of commercial vehicles the future for our company could rely on our understanding of such vehicles.