The test was carried out on the so-called green truck route. It is a 343 km route that combines highways, winding roads and narrow routes, which are widely used by truck factories to test their units.
The test was conducted by German journalist Jan Burgdorf and the vehicle used was a 490 kW Volvo FH Electric Truck.
Jan Burgdorf said during the drive: “This truck is just as manoeuvrable, if not more, than a diesel truck. Drivers will be amazed at how easy it is to drive, how quiet it is and how responsive it is. There are no vibrations of any kind.”
In the tests, the electric truck drove at an average speed of 80 km/h, just like the diesel Volvo FH with the I-Save Pack. The electric truck had a consumption of 1.1 kW/km with a range of 345 km.
Following these results, Tobias Bergman, Volvo Trucks Press Test Director. stated: “These test results show that it is possible to drive up to 500 km during a normal working day, with a short stop to recharge during the lunch break, for example.”
As the conclusion of the test, the Volvo FH Electric consumed 50% less energy than a Volvo FH with a comparable diesel engine, significantly reducing CO2 emissions.
Volvo Trucks’ goal is for electric vehicles to represent half of truck sales by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
Facts about the test and the Volvo FH Electric Truck
- Combined gross weight: 40 tons
- Average speed: 80 km/h
- Power consumption: 1.1 kWh/km
- Battery capacity: 540 kWh
- Power output: 490 kW continuous power
- Total test track distance: 343 km
- Total range based on one charge: 345 km
Facts about Volvo FH Electric Truck range:
- Volvo Trucks has a range of six fully electric trucks designed for many different transport tasks.
- The Volvo FH, FM and FMX Electric models have a PCI up to 44 tons. Sales in Europe are underway and production will start in the second half of 2022.
- Series production in Europe of the Volvo FL and FE Electric, for urban distribution and waste disposal, started in 2019.
- Production of the Volvo VNR Electric for North America began in 2020.