Waste-management firm takes delivery of UK’s first Volvo FE Electric skiploader
STOURBRIDGE-based Pegasus Skip Hire have taken delivery of the UK’s first Volvo FE Electric skiploader. A long-standing customer with the Swedish manufacturer, the forward-thinking business opted for the zero-tailpipe emission FE Electric following a visit to the Volvo Trucks Experience Centre (VTEX), in Sweden.
Tony Hall, director at Pegasus Skip Hire, commented: ‘As a business we strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible and are always looking at innovative ways to help us achieve our sustainability ambitions.
‘We were fortunate enough to be invited to Sweden to test out the electric fleet and were hugely impressed by the quality of the vehicles, and the fact that Volvo Trucks already has a full range of electric trucks available to order. We are proud to be pioneers on the journey to a cleaner and greener future for our sector.’
The new Volvo FE Electric has been mounted with Multilift skiploader bodywork and is powered by two electric motors, generating a peak torque of 850Nm. Driven by a two-speed transmission, offering a smooth and comfortable driving experience, the FE Electric’s power is handled by a unique traction control system developed to master even slippery surfaces, while different drive modes are available to set the desired performance, comfort, and energy usage levels.
Equipped with four batteries, the skiploader offers a range of approximately 190km and can be recharged in just 2.3h using a 150kW DC charger that has been installed at Pegasus Skip Hire’s Stourbridge depot.
The Volvo FE Electric is built on a 4,100mm wheelbase, equipped with full air suspension, and features a day cab with a rear window and additional lower passenger door window to improve visibility and maximize safety.
Backed by a Volvo Gold Contract, covering all maintenance and repairs, including proactive monitoring of batteries and associated components, the new Volvo skiploader is expected to work five days a week and is anticipated to be in the Pegasus fleet for seven years.