Volvo pushes envelope with EV weight limits

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Volvo Vans has delivered an electrical truck to a Swedish heavy hauler that can use it to deal with a complete weight of 74 tonnes (163,142 kilos).

Mattsson Akeri in Gothenburg, Sweden, ordered three of the electrical Volvo FH vehicles. It has been testing them over the previous few weeks dealing with containers in a high-capacity transport (HCT) configuration with two trailers totaling 32 meters (105 toes) lengthy.

(Picture: Volvo Vans)

“We need to present that all-electric options additionally work in functions with excessive whole weights and a excessive utilization fee. Along with Mattsson Akeri, the Swedish Transport Administration and several other different companions, we are actually taking a look at how we will optimize the operation of the electrical truck, together with how charging ought to happen in probably the most environment friendly manner,” mentioned Lena Larsson, venture supervisor of the HCT venture inside Volvo’s know-how group. 

The 6×4 vehicles are charged with inexperienced electrical energy utilizing two 180-kW chargers put in on the fleet’s depot. They’re being operated 12 hours a day.

“Driving lengthy and heavy hundreds utilizing electrical energy works very properly up to now, and we will carry as a lot cargo as a diesel truck,” says Jan-Olof Mattsson, CEO of Mattsson Akeri. “The truck runs 12 hours a day, with a cease for charging when the driving force takes a break. We cost with inexperienced electrical energy and thus get no CO2 emissions. Silent, electrical operation additionally means a greater working surroundings for the driving force.” 

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