Volvo Trucks teamed up with Bucher Municipal to develop an electric truck for sewer cleaning. Bucher Municipal has long been recognized as a supplier of vehicles and equipment for cleaning operations.
Bucher Municipal will deliver 80 electric trucks for sewer cleaning duties to European cities by the end of 2023.
Volvo Trucks sees the partnership with Bucher Municipal as an important step towards electrification of the sewer cleaning task, which is the most complex and important task in the city.
“We are proud to have Bucher Municipal as a strategic partner, and we expect the collaboration to bring new insights that contribute to our goal of electrifying all types of applications,” says Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks.
Bucher Municipal says electrifying vehicles for sewer cleaning tasks is challenging. He says Volvo Trucks has proven over the years
“that they can successfully provide highly reliable and well-documented battery solutions for buses, trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles. Our partnership with Volvo Trucks is a win-win solution,” explains Per Lovring, CEO of Bucher Municipal Denmark.
Bucher Municipal electric cleaning machines are already in use in Bern, Switzerland. CityCat 2020ev uses a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 56 kWh and can work for eight hours. The battery can be fully charged in two to three hours using the 22 kW charger.
The Volvo FL Electric is an electric truck that was introduced in 2018 and was one of the first electric models. The 16 tonne truck has a range of up to 300 kilometers and has been available for orders since 2019.