The Volvo FE is a versatile vehicle that can handle more general applications, including local and regional distribution, as well as construction, refuse collection, and other vocational applications. In fact, Volvo offers Distribution, Distribution+, and Vocational equipment packages for the FE that add such features as rubber floor mats, heated mirrors, manual or electric roof hatches, rotating warning lamps, and more.
The FE is available as a 4x2 tractor unit or as a 4x2, 6x2, or 6x4 rigid with wheelbase lengths ranging from 3,200 to 6,800 millimetres and chassis heights ranging from 880 to 1,050 mm. Volvo designed the chassis for streamlined bodybuilding with dedicated holes for superstructures, factory-prepared rear frame end cuts, attachment brackets, crane preparation, options for 266- or 300-mm frame heights, and much more. There are also several power take-offs available that provide maximum torque of between 320 and 1,000 newton-metres. Volvo Bodybuilder Instructions offer data sheets, diagrams, and other resources for easily installing superstructures.
Volvo FE Powertrain Details
The current Volvo FE is available with a D8K engine that ranges from 250 to 350 horsepower (186 to 260 kilowatts) and produces between 950 and 1,400 N-m of torque. There is also a 320-hp (239-kW) G9K engine that produces up to 1,356 N-m of torque. Some of these engines can run on compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogenated vegetable oils (HVO), and rapeseed oil methyl esters (RME) as well.
The FE comes standard with an I-Shift transmission that features automated gear-changing and features one of three software packages: basic, Distribution & Construction (TP-DICON), and Fuel Economy (TP-FUEC). The TP-DICON software adds an enhanced shift strategy and launch control, and the TP-FUEC software adds I-Roll and “kick-down inhibition/activation,” Volvo says. There are automatic and manual gearboxes available as well.
Volvo also offers an FE truck with an all-electric powertrain. The FE Electric features an electric motor that produces 400 kW (536 hp) and 850 N-m of torque, four 50-kWh battery packs, and a two-speed transmission. It has a 3,900-mm wheelbase and supports gross vehicle weights of up to 27 tonnes. It also features an electric PTO that produces either 70 or 100 peak kW (94 or 134 hp) and 240 or 530 N-m of peak torque.
The FE Electric has a range of 200 kilometres when used for distribution and tops out at 120 km for light construction and refuse operations. A full charge of all four batteries takes 6.5 hours, but they can be fast-charged in less than an hour.
Interior & Exterior Features
Cab options for the Volvo FE include a day cab, sleeper cab, and short sleeper cab as well as a low-entry cab that’s ideal for multi-stop deliveries and allows the driver to more easily enter and exit the cab. The FE has a rounded exterior design with a roof air deflector and other features that improve aerodynamics, and it has brighter LED headlamps for improved visibility in low-light conditions.
The interior of the cab features ergonomically placed instruments, controls, and gearshifts as well as an adjustable steering wheel and seat. Other interior features include a touchscreen display, an audio system with USB and Bluetooth, options for manually controlled heating and air conditioning, and ample storage space.