The demand for electric transport in the construction industry is increasing, with zero-emission zones in cities and the need for construction companies to meet climate goals being the two main driving forces.
Volvo Trucks has therefore developed extra heavy electric trucks that enable customers in the construction segment to shift to more sustainable transport. Conventional trucks with single chassis and built-on applications for a wide range of superstructures, such as tippers, mixers, and cranes, are now offered in an electric version.
“Construction trucks usually travel quite short distances and operate in repetitive flow patterns, for example with delivery of material to construction sites,” explains Eric Parry, Sustainable Solutions Manager at Volvo Trucks SA. “This makes them very suitable for electrification. Our electric trucks can be tailor-made to handle many of these assignments, meaning construction customers can now get the same truck they use today in the electric version. This gives them improved manoeuvrability, reduced noise levels and zero exhaust emissions.”
These customised trucks are already available to order by South African customers.
Configured for increased payload and productivity
The new electric trucks are flexible thanks to a variety of cab and battery options, and a broad axle configuration offering. This allows a broader range of chassis and the possibility of a shorter wheelbase, down to 3 900 mm, which in turn creates flexibility to customise the truck to handle a wide range of construction operations.
Customers can choose battery packs from six batteries down to two, to match their specific requirements for range and payload. The new rigid trucks have a battery capacity between 180-540 kWh.
“When it comes to battery capacity, the truck can be configured to match the actual operation and route. By not carrying more batteries onboard than needed, the payload can increase, and thereby the productivity,” comments Parry.
Three PTO options
Three types of power take-off, PTO, solutions on the electric trucks facilitate the fitting of electric or mechanical superstructures: Electric ePTO, transmission PTO and electro-mechanical PTO.
Both the electro-mechanical and the transmission solution offer good opportunities to optimize energy consumption and prevent excessive noise.
Volvo Trucks is the only global truck manufacturer with a full range of electric trucks in series production already today. The company’s target is that half of its global sales of new trucks will be electric by 2030 at the latest. Volvo Trucks South Africa will start delivering its first electric extra heavy trucks to local customers from May 2023.
Volvo FM and FMX electric trucks with built-on applications can be equipped as follows:
Launched for sale in December 2022, serial production to start in March 2023:
Driveline: 490 kW
Drive unit: 3 electric motors
Battery: 450-540 kWh, 5-6 batteries
Cab: Sleeper, High, X-High sleeper cab
Axle Configurations: 4x2R, 6x2R, 6x4R, 8x2R, and 8x4R
PTO: Electric ePTO, Transmission PTO and Electro-Mechanical PTO
Launched for sale in February 2023, serial production to start in May 2023:
Driveline: 330 kW
Drive unit: 2 electric motors
Battery: 360 kWh, 4 batteries
Cab: Day cab
Launched for sale in June 2023, serial production to start in September 2023:
Battery: 180-270 kWh, 2-3 batteries
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