Volvo Trucks has announced it will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019. The first units will be put into operation with select customers later this year, with the technology able to create new sustainable urban logistics models.
Electric trucks drastically reduce noise and exhaust emissions and open up new opportunities to manage city logistics, with more deliveries carried out at night, resulting in fewer trucks competing for road space during rush hours.
A recent project in Sweden, ‘Off Peak City Distribution’, conducted by Stockholm City Council and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, studied the effects of goods transport at night in central Stockholm. Since the trucks avoided having to operate in rush-hour traffic, deliveries were carried out in one-third of the normal time.