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Practical trials of electric trucks from Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Renault, DAF and MAN for inner-city distribution and waste management are underway in Europe by fleet operators in preparation for mainstream adoption in 2019
Volvo announced that the company would start selling electric trucks in Europe from 2019. The Volvo FE Electric is designed for heavier city distribution and refuse transport operations with gross weights of up to 27 tonnes. The Volvo FL Electric is designed particularly for urban distribution and refuse operations.
The first Volvo FE Electric, a refuse truck with a superstructure developed together with Europe’s leading refuse collection bodybuilder, Faun, will start operating in early 2019 in Hamburg, Germany, which in 2011 was named European Green Capital of the EU and has worked to enhance green and sustainable urban development.
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Siechau, CEO of Stadtreinigung Hamburg, points out the environmental benefits of electric trucks for the city of Hamburg.
“Today, each of our 300 conventional refuse vehicles emits approximately 31,300 kg carbon dioxide every year. An electrically powered refuse truck with battery that stands a full shift of eight to ten hours is a breakthrough in technology. Another benefit is the fact that Stadtreinigung Hamburg generates climate-neutral electricity that can be used to charge the batteries,” said Siechau.
Claes Nilsson, president, Volvo Trucks, said: “The Volvo FE Electric opens the door to new forms of cooperation with cities that target to improve air quality, reduce traffic noise, and cut congestion during peak hours since commercial operations can instead be carried out quietly and without tale-pipe exhaust emissions early in the morning or late at night.”
The first trucks in the Volvo FL Electric range are entering regular operation with customers in Gothenburg, Sweden. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year.
The Volvo FL Electric is entering regular operation for urban distribution in Gothenburg, Sweden.
“With this model we are making it possible for cities that aim for sustainable urban development to benefit from the advantages of electrified truck transports. An electric truck without any exhaust emissions can be used in indoor terminals and environmental zones. Their low noise level creates opportunities for doing more work at night, thus reducing the burden on the roads during the day.,” said Nilsson.
Volvo Trucks’ sister company Volvo Buses has sold more than 4000 electrified buses since 2010. The technology used for propulsion and energy storage in the Volvo FL Electric has been thoroughly tried and tested and is supported by Volvo Trucks’ network for sales, service and parts supply.
For over ten years, Renault Trucks has been field testing electric trucks with its customer-partners in order to garner crucial information about usage, battery behaviour, charging facilities and specific maintenance requirements. These real-world tests have enabled Renault Trucks’ customer-partners to help their own customers come to an acceptance of electric technology.
Renault Trucks recently unveiled its second generation of all-electric vehicles: the Renault Master Z.E., Renault Trucks D Z.E. and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E., ranging from 3.1 to 26 tonnes suited for city use.
The Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. will come in a 26t version for refuse collection.
The Renault Trucks Master Z.E. is designed for last-mile deliveries. The battery of this all-electric utility vehicle takes six hours to charge. Its loading volume is the same as a conventional diesel Renault Master as the batteries are mounted under the front seats. The Master Z.E. range comes in six variants (four panel vans and two platform cabs) designed to meet the requirements of urban environments.
The Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. will come in a 26t version for refuse collection. A specially designed 16t version of the Renault Trucks D Z.E. will be available for urban and controlled temperature deliveries. Rapid DC charging enables the Renault Trucks D Z.E. and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E.’s lithium-ion batteries to bee fully charged in one to two hours via the 150 kW Combo CCS connector. For overnight AC charging, the time to fully charge a 300-kWh battery is 12 hours. In this case, a three-phase 380V 32A industrial power socket is sufficient.
The Renault Master Z.E. will be available in 2018, and the Renault Trucks D and Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. will be manufactured in the Renault Trucks plant in Normandy, France, and will arrive on the market in 2019.