At the Freight in the City Expo taking place in London on 6 November, Volvo will highlight an FE Electric truck and the Vera autonomous electric vehicle, which is making its United Kingdom debut. Volvo designed Vera specifically for urban applications as a way to reduce emissions and improve air quality. Vera is well-suited “for regular and repetitive tasks, over short distances, where large volumes of goods need to be delivered with high precision,” Volvo explains. The vehicle is monitored by a central hub, which keeps track its location, battery level, and load.
“The ambition with project Vera is to create a transport solution that takes safety, efficiency, and sustainability to a new level,” says Volvo Trucks Vice President, Autonomous Solutions, Mikael Karlsson. “With Vera we offer an autonomous, electric, and connected transport solution with the purpose to drive prosperity and optimise transport flows in selected segments. Vera means faith and we have faith in the future.”
Volvo FE Electric
The other vehicle on display at the show is a 26-tonne Volvo FE Electric 6x2 truck with a HIAB hook lift body, which is designed for waste collection, construction applications, and more. The FE Electric features a 400-kilowatt (536-horsepower) all-electric driveline and has a maximum payload capacity of 12,400 kilograms (27,337 pounds). It also produces zero tailpipe emissions.
Both the Vera and FE Electric show Volvo’s dedication to offering cleaner solutions for urban environments. In addition to cleaner air, these vehicles also “reduce traffic noise and cut congestion during peak hours,” because they can operate “early in the morning or late at night,” Volvo says.
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