In a first for the company haulier, Knowles Transport has purchased a new Volvo FE Electric truck to run a local collection and delivery schedule.
Having subjected the vehicle to an initial three-week trial to establish its viability and to garner views from its drivers, Knowles acquired the 19- tonne vehicle as well as a 150kWh supercharger that can deliver full charge within two hours.
The Volvo FE Electric is powered by twin electric motors producing 225kWh and 850Nm torque with a Volvo 2-speed gearbox. The total energy storage of the vehicle is 265kWh which helps the truck to maintain a 200Km range. The truck is a 4×2 wheeled 23ft curtain side fitted with a tail lift. Featuring lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, the FE Electric provides a smooth ride for both occupants and cargo thanks to its front and rear air suspension setup.
The truck will be run on a local collection and delivery schedule due to its size and capabilities. Its short wheelbase (only 5500mm) and nimble handling make it ideal for urban environments.