Record order for Volvo electric trucks in Australia
By Mike Brezonick07 December 2022
Australian express freight company Team Global Express has placed an order for 36 Volvo electric trucks. This is Volvo’s largest electric truck order to date in Australia. The trucks are scheduled to hit the streets of Sydney during the first quarter of 2023.
Volvo said sales of electric trucks are starting to pick up in Australia as the country is committed to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050. Transport accounts for 19% of Australia’s carbon emissions, and 38% of that comes from road freight, Volvo said.
Team Global Express will receive 36 Volvo FL Electric trucks that are designed for urban distribution and have a load capacity of 5.5 tonnes and a total weight of 16 tonnes. They will become a part of Team Global Express’ Sydney metropolitan pickup and delivery fleet.
“It’s clear that more and more transport companies around the world now want to start the journey towards electric, zero emission transports,” said Martin Merrick, president, Volvo Group Australia. “Volvo is 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 line up in the industry, which makes it possible to electrify a large part of heavy transports already today,”
The Volvo FL Electric trucks are equipped with four 66 kWh battery packs that power a 600 V, 130 kW (175 hp) single motor electric drive system with two-speed automated transmission.