Volvo Trucks is set to launch its latest addition, the Volvo FM Low Entry, a low-entry truck designed exclusively for electric operation. With a gross vehicle weight ranging from 19 to 32 tonnes, the new electric truck, named “Low Entry” due to its lowered cab design, aims to cater to urban transport tasks such as waste management, distribution transport, and construction. Sales for the electric truck will commence in the current quarter, with production scheduled for the second quarter of 2024.
The Volvo FM Low Entry is part of Volvo Trucks' commitment to sustainable urban transport, offering a specialized solution for the unique challenges posed by city environments. The model is expected to be available in Europe, including Turkey, as well as in Australia and South Korea.
Key specifications of the electric truck include a 330 kW electric motor, a 360 kWh battery providing a range of up to 200 kilometers, and charging capabilities of up to 250 kW DC and 43 kW AC. The vehicle is built on the well-known FM model from Volvo, adapted for urban transport with a focus on facilitating frequent entry and exit.
Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks, emphasized the company's dedication to expanding its electric offering, providing a zero-emission solution tailored for city transport needs. The electric Low Entry model joins Volvo Trucks' existing portfolio of heavy-duty electric trucks, which includes the FH Electric, FM Electric, and FMX Electric.
In addition to the electric truck announcement, Volvo Trucks is introducing a new aerodynamic kit for its FH series, known as the FH Aero. The kit, available for all drive versions of the FH, is designed to enhance aerodynamics and reduce energy consumption by up to five percent, contributing to increased overall efficiency.
The company continues its focus on advancing sustainable transport solutions, aiming for approximately 50% of new Volvo trucks sold worldwide to feature electric drive by 2030. The move towards electrification aligns with Volvo Trucks' commitment to reducing carbon emissions and addressing environmental challenges in the transport sector.