Volvo Trucks redefines urban HGVs with the Electric FM Low Entry truck

  • Volvo Trucks launches its first-ever electric-only model, the Volvo FM Low Entry, designed for heavy loads and urban safety.
  • The FM Low Entry specialises in manoeuvrability and complies with Transport for London’s Direct Vision Standard.
  • With a lowered driving position for enhanced visibility, ergonomic design, and powerful performance, Volvo’s FM Low Entry sets a new standard for electric city trucks.

Volvo Trucks unleashes future-ready urban HGVs with the Electric FM Low Entry truck

Introducing Volvo Trucks’ groundbreaking electric model: the Volvo FM Low Entry. Designed for heavy loads and boasting superior visibility, it’s tailored for safe and efficient urban driving.

With cities prioritising emissions reduction, the demand for zero-exhaust trucks is soaring. Volvo Trucks answers the call with its latest addition to the electric lineup: a heavy-duty vehicle engineered to excel in urban transport tasks like waste management, distribution, and construction.

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Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks, said: 

“This zero tailpipe emission truck is a great addition to our electric range, perfectly suited for working in city centres and designed with the driver in mind. It’s powerful, yet smooth to drive and easy to manoeuvre. “The new Volvo FM Low Entry is perfectly in line with our ambitions to expand our electric offer, enabling even more customers to reduce their carbon emissions.”

Thanks to its low driving position, the new FM Low Entry truck provides unparalleled visibility and control for the driver. This exceptional design has earned it a coveted five-star rating from Transport for London’s impending regulations, set to take effect for heavy-duty vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2024.

The new FM Low Entry, based on Volvo’s renowned FM model, features a spacious cab that’s been lowered and shifted forward, with a low instep and flat floor for easy entry and exit. These ergonomic design elements create a comfortable and efficient working environment, especially in bustling city settings. 

Initially available in Europe, Turkey, Australia, and South Korea, sales kick off in the first quarter of 2024, with production slated for the second quarter. 

With this addition, Volvo is expanding its electric range to six models, marking a significant stride towards its goal of making 50% of global sales electric by 2030. In 2019, Volvo Trucks pioneered series production of heavy electric trucks, solidifying its commitment to sustainable transport solutions.

Design & Specifications

The standard specification fulfils Transport for London’s five-star Direct Vision Standard requirements. The truck features Volvo Dynamic Steering system for effortless steering and reduced vibrations. Three seat options are available, with customers able to opt for zero, one or three passenger seats. With the latter option, the three passenger seats are at the back of the cab. That means they’re not in the view of the driver to minimise blind spots and contribute to excellent visibility.  

Further specifications include:

  • Available with Volvo’s new advanced Camera Monitoring System.  
  • It’s available in two heights: Sleeper cab (1,575 mm) and Extended/High sleeper (1,945 mm). 
  • Axle configurations available: 4×2, 6×2, 6×4, 8×2, 8×4  
  • GVW: 19-32 tonnes  
  • Motor: 330 kWh 
  • Battery: 360 kWh (4 batteries) 
  • Range: Up to 200 km (dependent on several parameters such as load weight, driving style, driving cycle, topography, temperature, etc). 
  • Charging: 250 kW (DC), 43 kW (AC) 
  • Wheelbase: 3,900-6,000 mm

With the Electric FM Low Entry truck, Volvo addresses the pressing need for emission-free urban transport. With its imminent release and production schedule, Volvo is propelling urban transportation into a cleaner, more sustainable future. By expanding its electric range and pioneering heavy electric truck production, it reaffirms its dedication to environmentally conscious solutions, charting a course toward a greener tomorrow.

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