QFES transitions to a cleaner fleet with first electric vehicle delivery

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) initiates transition to a cleaner fleet with the delivery of its first electric vehicle from Volvo Trucks

In a landmark move for emergency services and sustainable transport in Australia, Volvo Trucks has delivered the first Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) electric vehicle, a Volvo 6x4 FMX Heavy Duty Electric Prime Mover (FMX Electric). QFES Commissioner, Steve Smith AFSM, and Minister for Fire and Disaster Recovery and Minister for Corrective Services, Hon. Nikki Boyd MP, attended the delivery in Volvo’s Wacol factory, showing the combined commitment to a cleaner future for Queensland.


The Volvo 6x4 FMX Heavy Duty Electric Prime Mover (FMX Electric), will carry out operational tasks under QFES’ logistics command. Alongside the electric model, a second vehicle, a Volvo FMX 6x4 Prime Mover with the latest 13-litre Euro 6 technology, was delivered. This will operate alongside the fully electric model to assess the performance and emissions benefits of running on fossil-fuel-free Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) against diesel.


Lauren Pulitano, Vice President of Public Affairs, Volvo Group Australia congratulated the QFES on its commitment to transitioning its fleet to more sustainable vehicles. “This delivery signifies not only a commitment to a cleaner future but also to innovation and leadership,” she stated.


QFES Commissioner Steve Smith AFSM highlighted the significance of these trucks to the QFES fleet, “We are proud to be leading the nation in the effort to reduce our emissions. Both the electric and HVO-powered trucks will be trialled in a non-critical tier of response and operations, allowing us the ability to assess the benefits of the vehicles before adopting them further into the fleet. There are about 500 heavy vehicles in the Fire and Rescue fleet and another 1,030 in RFS, so this pilot plays a pivotal role in shaping the approach we take towards the decarbonisation of our service.” 


Minister for Fire and Disaster Recovery and Minister for Corrective Services Hon. Nikki Boyd MP said, “This trial breaks new ground for Queensland’s emergency services and represents a significant step forward for greener transportation. The state government is proud to be forging ahead with this trial and the move toward decarbonizing the QFES fleet.” 


“The further adoption of electric and HVO-powered trucks will have a positive impact on all Queenslanders, through lower emissions and, in the case of electric vehicles, lower running costs,” Boyd continued. 


Earlier in 2024, Volvo Group Australia committed to manufacturing battery electric vehicles in its facility at Wacol, building on its 50-year history of local manufacturing. “Our commitment to local manufacturing of electric vehicles in Wacol by as early as 2027 means that soon trucks, like this Volvo FMX, will be made right here in this factory,” Lauren Pulitano added.


“No one can get to zero emissions alone - we need partnerships. Industry, government, and other stakeholders all have a responsibility to work together to reduce emissions. Volvo is dedicated to partnering with Australian industry to decarbonise heavy transport. This is evident in the world-leading electric trucks, technology, and global experience we are bringing to Australia’s transition,” Pulitano said. 

For further information, please contact:

Matt Wood
Public Relations and Media Manager (Volvo Group Australia)

Mobile: +61 (0)436 681 117

Email: matthew.wood@volvo.com

About Volvo Group Australia

Volvo Group Australia is responsible for Mack, Volvo truck brands within Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and the South Pacific Islands. Mack and Volvo Trucks proudly carry the Australian Made certification for trucks built at the local Wacol factory in Brisbane. Volvo Group Australia is the sole authorised distributor for UD Trucks in Australia.


We provide complete transport solutions for professional and demanding customers, including complete solutions for financing and service. Over 1400 people are employed by Volvo Group Australia across the country, with over 80 suppliers also benefitting from local production. Volvo Group boasts the largest dealer network in Australia and New Zealand with service points across the country giving access to metropolitan and regional customers.

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