Volvo FM Electric Helps LondonEnergy Convert Waste To Energy

    A Volvo FM Electric backed into a bay within a LondonEnergy facility.
    As part of a decarbonisation effort, Edmonton-based LondonEnergy recently added a Volvo FM Electric to its fleet to transport waste from Islington to its energy centre in Edmonton to be converted to electricity. (Photo courtesy of Volvo.)

    Waste and resource management expert LondonEnergy recently added a Volvo FM Electric 6x2 tractor unit to its fleet to lower its carbon footprint. The FM Electric will collect unrecyclable waste from a transfer station in Islington and take a portion to LondonEnergy’s energy centre in Edmonton to be turned into electricity that the firm says will power 80,000 homes annually. The truck will also take any dry mixed recycling to a local material recycling facility for processing.

    “With the growing concern around climate change, it is vital that as an industry, we continue to consider how alternatively fuelled HGVs could help us to decarbonise,” says LondonEnergy Transport and Logistics Manager Gareth Stephens. “We looked at the other options available in the market, but we quickly concluded that the Volvo product is the most mature offering available. The Volvo team—both in the UK and in Sweden—went above and beyond to help us fully understand how an electric truck could benefit our operations. We are excited to get started and use the new truck.”

    About The Volvo FM Electric

    The FM Electric has six batteries and three electric motors that generate 666 horsepower (490 kilowatts) and 2,400 newton-metres (1,770 pounds-foot) of continuous torque. The battery pack and motors are combined with a standard Volvo I-Shift gearbox to create a smooth, quiet ride. The truck’s electromobility traction control system manages the power output on slick surfaces, and the FM’s multiple drive modes allow drivers to set the performance, comfort, and energy usage levels they desire.

    A LondonEnergy driver recharges his Volvo FM Electric truck.
    “With the growing concern around climate change, it is vital that as an industry, we continue to consider how alternatively fuelled HGVs could help us to decarbonise,” says LondonEnergy’s Gareth Stephens. (Photo courtesy of Volvo.)

    The truck is three-star Direct Vision Standard compliant for operations in the Greater London area and is equipped with a custom Legras walking-floor compactor trailer. The FM Electric has a range of up to 300 kilometres (186 miles) and can recharge in 2.5 hours with a 250-kW DC charger or in 9.5 hours with a 43-kW AC charger. LondonEnergy’s truck will make four to five daily trips and return to base for overnight charging.

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    Source: Volvo

    Posted On Wednesday 3 July 2024
    Category: Truck and Trailer News
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