Volvo Trucks took the pre-production electric FH semi-trailer to Germany to test the novelty “live”. For all this, the route of the “Green Truck Award” has been chosen, which can be considered a bit frivolous, thanks to which Scania has won this award five times in a row, in addition to diesel trucks.
The 343-kilometer route from Munich – to Regensburg – back to Nuremberg and back is an ideal terrain for measuring consumption. On this route, test vehicles can pass through several motorways, highways and two-lane roads full of narrow bends, however, there is no shortage of slopes and inclines. The terrain conditions may therefore be optimal for a test, regardless of whether the driver is driving an internal combustion engine or an electric motor.
The Swedish manufacturer asked a German journalist, Jan Burgdorf, for the test and, for the sake of correctness, a fully packed semi-trailer was attached behind the electric FH to get the total weight of 40 tonnes out. The vehicle was powered by a muscular electric motor with 490 kW (666 hp) of continuous power, which was powered by a 540 kWh battery pack.
According to Volvo Trucks, this was enough for the electric truck to cover the distance with just one charge at an average speed of 80 km / h. The average consumption of the test vehicle was 1.1 kWh per kilometer, which means that the manufacturer calculated that the energy consumption of a Volvo FH equipped with a diesel engine was 50 percent lower. Per 100 kilometers, this means 110 kWh of energy, which if charged from a traditional home outlet at a price of HUF 45, the price would be HUF 4,950, which is roughly equivalent to 10 liters of diesel calculated at today’s fuel prices. On the street fast charger, of course, it costs more than that, but even so, this performance is convincing.
Production of the purely electric FH semi-trailer tractor will start in the second half of this year, together with the battery technology versions of FM and FMX.
Source: Vezess by www.vezess.hu.
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