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First Gen 2 Volvo FL Electric hits the road

DHL Supply Chain has taken delivery of the first Volvo FL Electric with second generation battery packs to hit Australian roads.

The updated battery packs provide an increase in range over the previous range of FL Electric.

Based at DHL’s western Sydney supply chain campus, the medium-duty Volvo FL begins the fulfilment of the company’s target of 60 per cent electric vehicles in its last-mile fleet by 2030.

Dispensing with internal combustion power, the Volvo FL combines a 600-volt motor with a two-speed transmission to deliver a 5500-kilogram payload.

The truck is powered by four 66 kWh Gen 2 battery packs, with charging times dependent on the duty cycle and chargers used. A regenerative braking system tops up the FL’s batteries every time it decelerates.

Fitted with an eight-pallet tautliner van body, the Volvo FL will use 300-kilometre range to service various metropolitan DHL Supply Chain customers.

The Volvo FL’s battery-electric drivetrain emits no harmful particulate and also has significantly reduced noise levels.

DHL Supply Chain CEO, Steve Thompsett, commented, “Globally, DHL Supply Chain has a strong understanding of the climate crisis and a head-start in reducing the environmental impact of its operations.

“Updating our fleet to zero emissions vehicles is a priority in Australia and it combines well with the measures we’re taking to reduce our carbon footprint across our operations.

“The breadth of DHL Supply Chain’s global footprint means that our company has already trialled and rolled out Volvo’s electric truck offerings in Europe, meaning that we could forgo an Australian trial and go straight to investing in these climate-benefitting vehicles,” he said.

DHL Supply Chain senior vice president of transport, Bill Rolfe, said, “This addition to the fleet is kinder to the environment and is a better place for DHL Supply Chain staff to work.

“The addition of Volvo FL electric trucks simple way for us to transition to battery-electric technology, with a useful driving range, proven reliability and an intuitive driving experience that will resonate with our staff.”

Volvo Trucks vice president, Gary Bone, added, “As well as being nimble, safe and a comfortable place for DHL Supply Chain staff to work, the Volvo FL delivers tangible benefits to the climate, as well as everybody who lives and works in the areas in which they operate.

“Drivers feedback on these trucks is overwhelmingly positive in terms of comfort and ergonomics and reduced fatigue levels. We can’t wait to see more of them in DHL livery.”

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