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New trial for Volvo FE Electric

Waste management contractor JJ’s Waste and Recycling will put the Volvo FE Electric to work in waste applications, as part of a three-month trial on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Affectionately dubbed “Oscar” by Volvo Group Australia (VGA) staff, the 6×2 FE Electric featured on the manufacturer’s stand at the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show.

The truck has been fitted with a rear loading; 16 cubic metre waste body ideally suited for urban operations.

Volvo says the new trial with JJ’s will provide insights into the impact of electric PTO use on range and productivity.

Utilising four Gen 2 batteries with a capacity of 265KWh the dual motor FE Electric has a potential range of up to 220 kilometres.

“The electromobility and waste management really do go hand in hand,” said Gary Bone, vice president Volvo Trucks Australia. “The stop start nature of this application in densely populated urban areas should prove to be a promising zero emissions solution for our cities.”

Bone added that he’s looking forward to seeing the results of the trial.

“Recent developments in battery technology, which will flow down to Volvo’s medium duty electric range have seen significant increases in both range and charging performance which will only add to the attractiveness of electric vehicles in waste applications,” he said.

With the rear loading waste body, the FE Electric has a potential payload of up to 7 tons depending on body positioning and the corresponding front axle load.

Joe Branagan, operations manager, JJ’s Waste and Recycling, added, “This is the perfect opportunity for us to understand how we can decarbonise our fleet over time.

“Clearly we can’t just switch to electric overnight so partnerships like the one we have with Volvo Trucks are vital to see what applications we can put electric trucks to work in now as well as what the future of zero emissions waste management could look like.

“I will be watching the outcome of this exercise with great interest.”

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