In all, a total of 36 Volvo FL Electric have been ordered. These will be equipped with four 66kWh battery packs for increased range and improved charging performance. The FL Electric utilises a 600-volt single motor electric drive system as well as a 2-speed automated transmission and has a range of up to 300 kilometres.
With a GVM of 16,000kg, payload for the quad battery FL is expected to be 5,900kg in this application.
The trucks will be fitted with 10-pallet van bodies and will become a part of the company’s Sydney metropolitan pick-up and delivery fleet. “I’m extremely happy to see a valued customer such as Team Global Express take such a significant step towards zero-emissions transport,” says Paul Illmer, Vice President Emerging Technology Business Development, Volvo Group Australia. “Importantly it’s also a show of faith in our ability to deliver electric transport solutions that are efficient, productive and dependable business solutions.”
“We’ve had to put in some hard yards to ensure that we deliver a customer experience that is a step up from the status quo. Electromobility doesn’t have to be a compromise and ultimately, I feel we will prove this and more as these trucks take to the streets during 2023.”
“We provide an entire connected ecosystem around our electric vehicles, and this helps deliver both peace of mind and certainty when transitioning to zero emissions vehicles.”
“Working with a partner that is as passionate and proactive about this transition as we are makes this order all the more rewarding.”
A determined advocate of the zero-emissions journey, Heather Bone, Director of ESG for Team Global Express, has been the driving force behind the move towards electrification.
“As an organization we are committed to decarbonizing along our intermodal supply chain.” “This is one of our first major steps towards becoming the most sustainable transport company and I can’t wait to see these trucks plying the streets of Sydney in the very near future.”
“By collaborating with ARENA (the Australian Renewable Energy Agency) we have been able to make a big commitment to making our cities better places to be and contribute to a happier, healthier society.”
Christine Holgate, Group CEO of Team Global Express, said the pioneering trial will place Team Global Express at the forefront of electric vehicle adoption in the Australian logistics sector:
“I want to thank ARENA and Minister Chris Bowen (Minister for Climate Change and Energy) for this opportunity and their support under the Driving The Nation Fund. I would also like to thank our employees, our Union partner the TWU, and our board, who together have all made this trial possible. This announcement is a very proud milestone for our people, our customers, our industry and our country.
“Today is an important step toward progressing Australia’s pathway to reduce scope 1 emissions and secure a net zero future. This is the first project of its scale in Australian logistics, as such we are in a unique position to work closely with ARENA to share the knowledge we gain and provide this vital information for the benefit of the entire transport and logistics sector.
“This trial will not only address emissions, it will also give our valued employees at Bungarribee the opportunity to be trained on charging, driving and optimising the electric vehicles of the future. For Team Global Express, it’s a significant milestone in our vision to be Australia’s most sustainable logistics company,” said Holgate.
The trucks are expected to hit Australian streets during Q3 2023.