Volvo FH Electric

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The first independent energy efficiency test with a fully loaded Volvo electric heavy vehicle was recently carried out in Germany. The electric truck exceeded the declared range and consumed half the energy compared to its diesel counterpart.

The truck tested was a Volvo FH Electric, a zero-emission vehicle with a continuous output of 490 kW and a gross vehicle weight of 40 tonnes. German road transport expert Jan Burgdorf put the vehicle to the test on the Green Truck Route, a 343km long road that includes several highways, hilly terrain and narrower roads and is used to test trucks from various manufacturers in a wide range of conditions.

“I have to say that while driving the truck proves to be just as agile, if not even more agile than a diesel truck. Drivers will be surprised at how easy and quiet it is to drive and how well it responds. Vibrations are completely absent, ”says Jan Burgdorf.

The Volvo FH Electric maintained an average speed of 80 km / h over the entire journey, the same as the Volvo FH with a diesel engine, equipped with a diesel engine and I-Save package for reducing fuel consumption. Based on energy consumption of just 1.1 kWh / km, the electric truck boasts a total range of 345 km on one charge.

“The test results show that you can travel up to 500km in a normal working day, with a short charging stop, for example during your lunch break,” explains Tobias Bergman, Press Test Director at Volvo Trucks.

In tests on the Green Truck Route, the Volvo FH Electric consumed 50% less energy than a Volvo FH with a comparable diesel engine.

“The electric drive is very efficient and makes this fully electric vehicle an extremely powerful tool for reducing CO2 emissions,” comments Tobias Bergman.

Volvo Trucks' goal is to bring electric vehicles to 50% of total truck sales in 2030 and 100% CO2 reduction on a well-to-wheel basis for new trucks sold by 2040.

"We are committed to respecting the Paris Agreement on climate change. Scientifically based targets have been set and we are taking action to accelerate the development towards a drastic reduction of CO2 emissions related to road freight transport. In my opinion, the wide electric range we already have on the market demonstrates this very clearly, ”concludes Tobias Bergman.

Some data on the test and on the truck

Total weight on the ground: 40 tons
Average speed: 80 km / h
Energy consumption: 1.1 kWh / km
Battery capacity: 540 kWh
Output power: 490 kW of continuous power
Total distance traveled in the test: 343 km
Total range based on one charge: 345 km
The Volvo FH Electric tested can travel up to 500 km in a normal working day by adding a charging session, for example during the lunch break.
Some information about the Volvo electric truck range:

Volvo Trucks has a range of six fully electric heavy duty vehicles designed to meet the most diverse transport needs.
The Volvo FH, FM and FMX Electric models have a gross vehicle weight of up to 44 tonnes. Sales are currently underway in Europe and production will begin in the second half of 2022.
Serial production in Europe of the Volvo FL and FE Electric for urban distribution and waste management started in 2019.
Production of the Volvo VNR Electric for North America began in 2020.


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