Recycling operator puts two new Volvo FE electric skiploaders to work in London
POWERDAY have taken delivery of a pair of new Volvo FE Electrics – which are said to be two of the first zero-tailpipe emission skiploaders to be put into operation in London.
The FE Electrics, purchased following a successful trial, will be used to service the waste-management firm’s wide customer base across the capital and South East. More importantly, the new Volvo electric skiploaders will save more than 30 tonnes in CO2 emissions per year for the forward-thinking business.
Explaining how the two FE Electrics will help the company hit its ambitious sustainability targets, Edward Crossan, chief executive officer of Powerday, said: ‘In line with our net-zero roadmap, adopting these electric skiploaders into our fleet shows our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and contributing to cleaner air and environment in London. By investing in electric skiploaders, we lead the charge towards cleaner, greener solutions.’
Each FE Electric is driven via a two-speed transmission, offering a smooth and comfortable driving experience. The trucks’ power is handled by a unique traction control system developed to cope with slippery surfaces, while different drive modes are available to set the desired performance, comfort, and energy usage levels.
Equipped with four batteries, the FE Electric offers a range of approximately 190km and can be recharged in just 2.3h using a 150kW DC charger at Powerday’s Willesden Junction site.
Built on a 4,100mm wheelbase and equipped with full air suspension, the FE Electrics’ day cabs benefit from full air suspension and feature an additional lower passenger door window to improve visibility while working on London’s busy streets.
Additional safety features include: Volvo’s Electronic Stability Control, which reduces the risk of skidding and rollovers; Adaptive Cruise Control with automatic emergency braking; and Lane Keeping Support alerts.
The trucks are equipped with Hyva skiploader bodywork powered by an electric power take-off. Powerday have also backed their new electric skiploaders with a Volvo Gold contract to guarantee maximum uptime and worry-free ownership, with all maintenance and repairs covered, including proactive monitoring of batteries and associated components.