Volvo Trucks step up Fossil Free Future
Volvo Trucks have set their eyes on the introduction of heavy-duty electric trucks to be used for regional transport across the continent in the near future. The use of electric trucks so far has mainly focused upon short-haul distances between major settlements but the current pilot tests, using the Volvo FH truck (weighing up to 60,000kgs), will be working on distances around 150km with DHL Freight. Future customers of these trucks are looking to reduce their ecological footprint in an increasingly sustainably conscious planet.
The President at Volvo Trucks stated that “the transport business is changing rapidly and to be sustainable is an increasingly important business advantage for many of our customers”. This comes as the logistics industry across Europe begins to tackle what is being described as the ‘decarbonisation of freight transportation’. Volvo’s FL Electric truck is already in operation in London and is the first purpose-built fully electric Volvo designed with city distribution for the UK. The nation’s Transport Secretary, Shapps, in mid-2020 outlined his ambition for COVID-19 to drive a green transport ‘revolution’ and this looks set to take place with Volvo Trucks sooner than expected. You can find out more about this here.