Volvo Trucks Tests Electric Trucks for Construction Industry
trucks will be delivered to customer Swerock in order to meet the growing demands for less noise and emissions, especially in sensitive urban areas. After the successful introduction of serial produced electric trucks for urban transport and refuse collection, Volvo Trucks is now deploying two fully electric construction trucks along with charging solutions, to be tested in real customer operations. The live test collaboration between Volvo Trucks and Swerock will feature two fully electric construction trucks: a Volvo FM and a Volvo FMX.
As part of the tests, an electric Volvo FM truck equipped with a mixer will deliver concrete to customers. In addition, an electric Volvo FMX truck fitted with a hooklift will be used in larger infrastructure projects.
The project will evaluate how electric trucks can be used to increase efficiency and reduce climate impact. Apart from analysing the performance of the vehicles themselves, the tests will also look at the overall electromobility eco-system, to help find charging opportunities in line with the demands on productivity. The benefits of electric vehicles for urban environments will be measured in terms of quieter transport, onsite safety and driver comfort.
The testing of the two electric trucks in real operations will provide the opportunity to evaluate how they will be used, and highlight the potential improvements required before broader adaptation is possible.