Volvo Trucks has recently delivered its maiden electric heavy-duty truck in Africa, offering a glimpse of a future in which the continent’s commercial road transport relies on zero-emission vehicles.
The Swedish truck manufacturer has supplied a Volvo FL Electric to logistics firm Imperial Logistics, as part of a pilot project in South Africa. The vehicle is capable of transporting up to 12 tons, and will be used for transportation of goods in the greater Durban area.
The delivery marks a significant step in Volvo Trucks’ efforts to develop electric transport solutions, as well as its long-term commitment to the African continent. This project is part of Volvo’s global strategy to make the transportation industry more sustainable, and to reduce its environmental footprint.
The Volvo FL Electric is the first heavy-duty truck of its kind to be delivered in Africa, and is a result of a collaboration between Volvo Trucks and Imperial Logistics. It is powered by an electric motor with a battery capacity of 100 kWh, and is equipped with regenerative braking, which helps to extend its range.
The truck is expected to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by as much as 95%, compared to a diesel-powered truck. In addition, it offers an improved driving experience, with low noise levels and an enhanced safety system.
The project is part of Volvo’s ambitious plans to develop electric commercial vehicles, with the aim of introducing more electric trucks into the African market in the near future. In the long-term, the company hopes to create a completely emission-free transport system in the continent.
The Volvo FL Electric is a testament to the company’s dedication to creating cleaner and more efficient transport solutions, and demonstrates its commitment to making the African transportation industry more sustainable.