Fed up of diesel exhaust from garbage trucks?

POSTED BY Raja Danielle ON 24 April 2018

Garbage trucks collecting household wastes smell bad but worse is the diesel fumes and obtrusive loud engines of these mostly tired-out trucks.

A revolution is perhaps necessary in the waste management industry in Malaysia, which has a ridiculously high number of waste management contractors.

Petaling Jaya alone has more than 30 contractors as compared to Singapore, which might have five or London which has less than five main contractors.

If the unbelievable happens and the four big waste concessionaires appointed by the government more than 20 years ago start to weed out the cronies, then they would be able to increase their revenues and upgrade their fleets.

On that note, they might be interested in Volvo Trucks’ first all-electric truck for commercial use – the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse operations.

The model, which will start sales and series production in Europe next year will see Volvo Trucks taking the lead in solutions for electrified goods transport in cities.

Commenting on the new FL Electric Truck, managing director of Volvo Malaysia Sdn Bhd Mats Nilsson says, “One of our core values here at Volvo is environmental care. We want to make trucks that are not only safe and of a high quality, but also trucks that are going to ensure a greener world for future generations.

“We believe that innovation does not need to come at the cost of the environment. Volvo’s FL Electric truck is a shining example of the harmony between innovation and love for the environment.”

The electric driveline for Volvo FL Electric.

The FL Electric travels using Electro-Mobility, which emits very little noise when traveling. Coupled with the fact that the truck runs on electricity, the silent and emission free FL Electric is intended as an answer to growing environmental concerns caused by air and noise pollutions.

Volvo Trucks believes that it is essential to take a holistic view of electrification of the transport sector to handle the ongoing challenges in areas such as electricity generation and batteries.

Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks, says, “For instance, in order to ensure that raw material for the batteries are extracted in a responsible way, the Volvo Group works with the Drive Sustainably network, which has a special function that monitors this issue.

The charging cord for the Volvo truck.

“The Volvo Group is also involved in various projects where batteries from heavy electric vehicles get a second lease of life, reused for energy storage. All the questions about handling of batteries have not yet been solved, but we are working actively both within the Group and together with other actors to drive development and create the necessary solutions.”

The first trucks in the Volvo FL Electric range are now entering regular operation with customers in Gothenburg, Sweden, the home of Volvo Trucks.