Volvo Trucks has taken a leap into the burgeoning electric truck market with the start of sales in South Korea. The Swedish firm has introduced its first all-electric truck, the Volvo FL Electric, as part of a larger strategy to reduce emissions and create a more sustainable transport industry.
The FL Electric is designed to help reduce air pollution in cities and improve road safety, with a range of up to 300 kilometers and a top speed of 90 kilometers per hour. The truck is powered by a 150 kWh battery, which can be recharged in as little as an hour. The company claims the FL Electric will be capable of hauling up to 12 tonnes of cargo over short distances.
Volvo Trucks is marketing the electric truck to businesses operating within urban areas, including delivery companies and municipal bodies. The firm believes that, due to the low cost of running the vehicle, the FL Electric will be a cost-effective solution for these types of operations.
The launch of the FL Electric in South Korea marks the first step in Volvo Trucks’ plan to roll out electric trucks in other markets. The company is set to launch the vehicle in Europe later this year, and is targeting other Asian markets in 2020.
In addition to its electric truck, Volvo Trucks is also introducing new driver assistance and connectivity technologies. The firm is equipping its vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which combine camera and radar systems to help drivers detect and avoid potential hazards on the road. The firm is also rolling out its Connected Safety system, which uses telematics to detect and report dangerous driving and provide real-time alerts to drivers.
By introducing the FL Electric and investing in new technologies, Volvo Trucks is hoping to create a more sustainable transport industry, both in South Korea and across the world. The company is hoping that its electric truck and connected safety systems will help reduce emissions, increase safety, and lower costs for businesses operating in the trucking industry.