LondonEnergy fully electric truck delivers 92% CO2 Saving 

LondonEnergy has taken delivery of a Volvo fully electric bulker as the company takes another a significant step forward in its plans to decarbonise its fleet and transition away from fossil fuels. 

The environmental case for the Volvo FM truck is compelling with the electric vehicle delivering a 92% CO2 equivalent saving when compared to its diesel counterpart over their full lifecycle. This calculation includes its production (including extraction of raw materials, transportation of materials and parts, and assembly), usage during service life (including production of fuels, fuel consumption and servicing) and end-of-life (including emissions from recycling, waste and credits for recycling). There are also considerable savings in terms of materials and water consumption. 

In addition to the operational CO2 equivalent savings, Volvo’s HGVs are the first in the world to be produced with fossil-free steel and utilise batteries which are manufactured at a plant powered by 100% renewable energy. 

Commenting on the decision to incorporate the Volvo FM Electric into its fleet LondonEnergy’s Waste Operations Manager, Katie Blowes, said: “This state-of-the-art vehicle will make a significant contribution to reducing our carbon footprint but just as importantly it will provide real-world data to help inform future fleet procurement decisions as we continue our journey to net zero. 

We have been working with Volvo for almost two years on plans to electrify our fleet and this has been priceless in developing our understanding of these technologies, how we can implement them and the benefits they offer. With minimal operational changes we can leverage sizeable environmental improvements without any disruption to the business or our processes.” 

The Volvo FM Electric tractor has a 6×2 configuration and is powered by five 90kWh lithium-ion batteries giving a total of 450kWh. The vehicle will be used to transfer material from the company’s waste transfer station in Islington to its flagship EcoPark recycling and energy recovery facility in Edmonton. The nature of this regular journey, through a densely populated area with high levels of air pollution, means that its emissions and noise savings will directly benefit the local community. 

In addition to the electric bulker LondonEnergy operates several other electric vehicles including cars and vans. Data from the Volvo FM Electric truck will be used to inform procurement and to support the transition to more sustainable, carbon-neutral forms of transport.

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