Placed by Team Global Express, these trucks will hit the streets of Sydney in 1Q23. This is Volvo’s largest electric truck order to date in Australia.
Volvo Trucks, currently the only global truck manufacturer with a full range of electric trucks in series production, aims for half of its global total sales of new trucks to be electric by 2030. Australia has also taken the initiative to shift to sustainable truck transport. Australia is committed to delivering net-zero emissions by 2050. With transport accounting for 19% of Australia’s carbon emissions, and 38% of that coming from road freight, the pressure continues to mount on the industry to make the shift to electric.
The Australian freight giant Team Global Express, in line with the country’s aim has placed an order for 36 Volvo trucks of the model Volvo FL Electric. These trucks can operate at a total weight of 16 tonnes, are equipped with four 66 kWh battery packs for increased range and improved charging performance and utilise a 600-volt single motor electric drive system and a 2-speed automated transmission. They have a load capacity of 5,5 tonnes and would be used for the company’s metropolitan pick-up and delivery fleet.
Martin Merrick, President, Volvo Group Australia, says, “It’s clear that more and more transport companies around the world now want to start the journey towards electric, zero-emission transports. Volvo is the first out with heavy electric trucks in Australia and we are excited to work together with Team Global Express and other customers. We have the broadest electric truck lineup in the industry, which makes it possible to electrify a large part of heavy transports already today.”
The electric trucks have zero tailpipe emissions and produce less noise than conventional trucks, which benefits both drivers and city residents.